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Uncomfortable positions

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 18, 2012 at 9:17 PM

For some reason I "like" uncomfortable positions and I'ld like to know why.

For example sitting down on a chair (before I even remark it) on my hands. Or sitting cross-legged. Or sleeping with one hand underneath my head, legs crossed-legged (again), sleeping with a hand underneath my stomach, etc.

And even while it's uncomfortable (and I know better), it's a nasty habit and almost an addiction. So, what could be the cause? Poor circulation? A need for affection due too an unhappy childhood? Lots of stress, now and in the past?

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on December 19, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Stephen I love you comparison between a Chihuahua and a Black Lab :)

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on December 19, 2012
at 03:39 PM

I believe great part of it probably has to with it boosting your self confidence. Going from skinny to muscled sounds great.

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on December 19, 2012
at 01:44 PM

That's definitely a strong possibility. More muscle mass from weight lifting and HIIT I'm sure has improved my circulation. But I also used to have some other nervous habits I used to have like picking at my finger nails that I've stopped instinctively doing. So I'm not sure if it's just because of better circulation.

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on December 19, 2012
at 01:41 PM

That's definitely a strong possibility.

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on December 19, 2012
at 01:34 PM

Thanks. Could it be you did this because of cold hands/feet/x and being more active improved circulation, making it unnecessary to keep acting like this?

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on December 19, 2012
at 01:10 PM

+1. interesting idea

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on December 19, 2012
at 01:00 PM

Yea okay, I think it might have something to do with hormones or muscle mass or something. The best analogy I can come up with is that when I was skinny (I used to be really skinny just a couple years ago) I was more like a chihuahua and now I'm more like a black lab, and I want to be like a great Dane/husky. You probably think this is stupid but I'm so serious, lol. Putting on size has helped tremendously with nervousness and any subconscious anxiety I guess I had.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

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on December 19, 2012
at 08:26 AM

Sometimes but not always. Maybe I had cold hands and feet all the time eating a SAD diet and this habit resulted from it.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

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on December 19, 2012
at 08:24 AM

Sure there is "probably no overarching "paleo" explanation" but after all I'm here for a different lifestyle. Thanks for your valuable feedback.

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on December 19, 2012
at 08:22 AM

And can you explain the logic behind it?

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on December 19, 2012
at 12:15 AM

I'm curious why the downvote and vote to close. +1 to balance out the universe.

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on December 18, 2012
at 10:44 PM

Thanks for downvoting without leaving a comment, it really helps.

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Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on December 19, 2012
at 12:15 AM

I'm guessing each of these has different reasons - probably no overarching "paleo" explanation.

I think sitting cross-legged is learned. You see others doing it and copy it until it becomes natural. Maybe it started originally back in the day from some need for modesty.

Sleeping on hands/arms, I would guess is maybe something about warmth/safety (similar to fetal position).

I think sitting on your leg when on a chair maybe comes from doing that as a child when you were too short to sit tall enough without it and maybe it just stuck.

Not sure about sitting on hands... Maybe sometimes uncomfortable with what to do with your hands so need to stick them somewhere (similar to putting them in your pockets)

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

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on December 19, 2012
at 08:24 AM

Sure there is "probably no overarching "paleo" explanation" but after all I'm here for a different lifestyle. Thanks for your valuable feedback.

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on December 18, 2012
at 10:54 PM

Do you have cold hands and feet? I practice some of the uncomfortable positions you describe when my extremities are cold.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

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on December 19, 2012
at 08:26 AM

Sometimes but not always. Maybe I had cold hands and feet all the time eating a SAD diet and this habit resulted from it.

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on December 19, 2012
at 04:31 PM

I have an explanation, but it's a bit weird.

I teach qi gong which is a bit like tai chi. It gets you in touch with your internal energy source.

Anyway, your body is seeking out its own definition of balance, so wherever it goes is good for you. If that however is not the norm, ie how others behave, it is still the thing that best serves you.

So why is this happening? Well, at its root is stress, but it's very difficult without years of experience to tie any specific stress to any particular behaviour, so don't bother.

It may be that your body is trying to stretch. Mobility is rarely talked about around here, but if you have any structural weaknesses in your spine this may be your body's way of rectifying it. Lots of people do, so it's nothing to worry about.

What I would recommend is this: 1) catch yourself doing it, 2) close your eyes, 3) take a couple of deep breathes and relax 4) watch what happens. 5) if nothing appears to be happening, stick with it for a while (up to 5 mins), 6) if after a time you feel the urge to move, then move. 6) if however you feel something happen, let it happen eg a stretch, a jolt, a click in the back, a sigh, a cough. these are all releases of the tension. 7) Repeat.

Come back & let me know what happened. Good luck.

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on December 19, 2012
at 01:27 AM

Perhaps a mild pain produces endorphins, and thus a reward for the pain.

I know that a minor pain almost seems to invite me to annoy an ouch, or bruise, or cut. It's weird.

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on December 19, 2012
at 12:04 AM

I used to be like that when I was skinnier. Since I've put on muscle mass I've stopped instinctively doing that.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on December 19, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Stephen I love you comparison between a Chihuahua and a Black Lab :)

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on December 19, 2012
at 01:44 PM

That's definitely a strong possibility. More muscle mass from weight lifting and HIIT I'm sure has improved my circulation. But I also used to have some other nervous habits I used to have like picking at my finger nails that I've stopped instinctively doing. So I'm not sure if it's just because of better circulation.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on December 19, 2012
at 01:41 PM

That's definitely a strong possibility.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on December 19, 2012
at 08:22 AM

And can you explain the logic behind it?

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on December 19, 2012
at 01:00 PM

Yea okay, I think it might have something to do with hormones or muscle mass or something. The best analogy I can come up with is that when I was skinny (I used to be really skinny just a couple years ago) I was more like a chihuahua and now I'm more like a black lab, and I want to be like a great Dane/husky. You probably think this is stupid but I'm so serious, lol. Putting on size has helped tremendously with nervousness and any subconscious anxiety I guess I had.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on December 19, 2012
at 01:34 PM

Thanks. Could it be you did this because of cold hands/feet/x and being more active improved circulation, making it unnecessary to keep acting like this?

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on December 19, 2012
at 03:39 PM

I believe great part of it probably has to with it boosting your self confidence. Going from skinny to muscled sounds great.

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