Judgment

jp_figure8Judgment is a process that determines where we stand on a matter or belief. It is the realm of conviction, decision-making and execution of those decisions. And because of this, when the body actively makes or executes a judgment, it becomes rigid and defensive of those convictions.

There is at once a sense that the person is standing behind their words, as though they have become the physical embodiment or guardian of those ideas. When a person is using judgment in real-time, this manifests in the body being stiffer and the movements of the hands and head being more straight and linear; directional and sharp with well-defined halts.

The muscles become tense, primarily around the head and neck, but this may extend to the entire body. The fingers may become taut, whether stretched out entirely or locked in a claw-like posture. The head in particular remains rigid, and when it moves it does so vertically or horizontally with quick, deliberate motions. Were we to personify, for comparison’s sake, an individual wholly judgmental, such a person would never move except out of deliberation, their muscles would remain forever tightened and each of their movements would be like a sharp swing of a sword. Their every phrase would be a statement, spoken with a simultaneous rattling of the head up-to-down and left-to-right. And while surely no human is so unilaterally judgmental, the disposition of judgment generates this tendency to varying degrees in all persons.

No individual is continually emitting these signals, but at the very moments in which they do, their psychic disposition will certainly be one of conviction and closure. If we compare the words that accompany their expression, we will see traces of that same finality reflected. The correlation between judgment and bodily tension is so consistent that we need only to turn our attention, ever so slightly, to seeing its presence for it to become an unavoidable observation.

Face-Centric

Furthermore, this division between tension and fluidity alone is not able to distinguish a judgment type from a perception type, as all humans express both attributes to varying degrees, depending on what the situation necessitates and on the development of their processes. The presence of a dominant oscillation can be gauged instead by whether the entire body is steered by the head or by the eyes, what I have respectively termed face-centric and eye-centric.

When we look closer at those who have the strongest rigidity of body, we see that their eyes are often neglected or rejected, while their posture is dictated by the uniform presentation of their countenance. As the information of the eyes, which are the most notable indicator of perception, is rejected by judgment, they become altogether of lesser importance in the overall countenance of the individual.

They occupy a secondary place, while all other facial muscles cooperate to form a cohesive accentuation that corresponds to the convictions held. If the eyes move to the sides the whole head will feel no obligation to follow them. Instead the head will remain where it is and the eyes will soon return to the direction that the whole face is facing. In other situations, the head may even move to a new direction first, and the eyes will follow it some time later.

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