Der menschliche Körper als Ausdrucksmedium
Self-concepts are cognitive constructs and are constituted through socialization. The self-concept, however, considers only the side of the psyche. The fundamental assumption of this work is that through the socialization process not only the psyche is affected but also the body. The structure of the body is influenced by experience. The behavioral patterns of the social world imprint themselves in the body and are internalized. In this thesis the assumption has been investigated, whether
... ous preoccupation with the body in the course of dance leads to a higher awareness of self- and body concepts, and if these concepts are recognizable in the human gait. In order to visualize differences, active ballet dancers were compared to non-dancers. The subjects' gait was captured on video and differences in body posture have been worked out. In addition, interviews were conducted to explore the relationship to the body, as well as the underlying concepts of the self and the body. The analysis of the gait showed that among non-dancers the satisfaction with themselves becomes visible in their gait. Regarding the dancers, the assumption that physical training is stored in the body could be confirmed. Dancers have a more upright posture and turned outward feet. The analysis of the interviews revealed that dancers have a more mature self-concept, because they talk differentiated about their bodies and are able to describe it more extensively. As a result of the critical observation and intense preoccupation, a more pronounced body consciousness can be stated.