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Old 03-06-2008, 04:23 PM   #19
Stefan Stenudd
 
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Ignatius Teo wrote: View Post
For some weird reason, the brain doesn't register the word... so telling someone to relax only makes them more tense.
"Softer" or "gently" seems to work better.
That's very interesting. I have to remember to try it at next class I teach - some other word... which will have to be in Swedish, though.

It probably needs to be positive instead of negative: "Relax" is like telling people not to use their muscles at all, which is impossible, whereas "softer" and "gently" indicate a certain way of using one's muscles, which is doable.

Stefan Stenudd
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