In the Alexander technique, the term ‘misuse’ refers to a person’s inappropriate or hurtful responses, whether thoughts, actions or behaviour, that cause them to use their psychophysical self in a way that disturbs their intrinsic balance and harms the way their whole being functions. Misuse is a form of harmful doing. FM Alexander referred to misuse as ‘energy directed against itself’.

The ultimate cause of misuse, in FM Alexander's understanding, is the universal habit of endgaining.

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