Inhibition and Non-doing

Blog post added January 13, 2012

The idea of non-doing has frequently been misused in the Alexander world to advise a certain kind of passivity. We are encouraged “not to do anything”, not to make plans, not to have ambitions and aspirations, to wait for manna to come down from the heavens. THe non-doing that Alexander was describing is closer to the Hippocratic Oath, “Do No Harm.” In other words, non-doing derives from Inhibition which enables the person not to continue to do or use themselves in ways that are harmful. It involves a process of learning to prevent the obstacles and interferences with healthy functioning.

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