Metaphysics & Psychology
Hearing heartbeat improves self-awareness
By T.K. Randall
February 8, 2013 · 9 comments
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New research suggests that hearing your own heartbeat can make you feel comfortable in your own skin.
The results of the study indicate that a person able to hear their own heart beating is less likely to objectify themselves than someone who can't. The concept lies within the idea that awareness of one's heartbeat tends to provide greater awareness of being inside of one's own body.
"If people are able to stand inside their bodies and feel their body, they have a good sense of what's happening inside themselves, and they're less likely to objectify themselves," said study co-author Vivien Ainley.
How well people are able to hear their heartbeat is a good measure of their awareness of being inside their own body. Past research, for instance, showed that people who can accurately count their heartbeats are better than others at sensing their own nervousness and arousal, Ainley told LiveScience.
Source: Live Science
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