Stimulus / stimuli
In the Alexander technique, the terms ‘stimulus’ and ‘stimuli’ are used in the sense of objects or events apprehended by the senses that stimulate a reaction or response in us as organisms or act as incentives for us to do something. For example, someone asking you to sit down is a stimulus. Your boss or partner yelling at you is another. The smell of gorgeous food that stimulates your hunger is another.
Stimuli come in all shapes, sizes and varieties. In the Alexander technique, we are aiming to stop potentially harmful automatic and unconscious responses to stimuli so that we can more consciously and mindfully choose how we will respond.
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