Here's the eleventh in the series of excellent blogs by Lex covering the adjectives on the 20 Moodscope cards. Please don't forget we'd love you to add any ideas, tips, insights or advice you may have that you'd like to share with other Moodscope members that might be of help. Many thanks. Caroline.
'Interested' - defined by Moodscope as: 'wanting to be involved in something'.
This is a lean-forward, edge-of-the-seat, cock-your-head-to-one-side type of mindset.
Notice how many of those phrases are physical. When we want to be involved, we naturally incline our body forward. When we want to listen attentively, we most often move our heads to an angled position – perhaps to get a better 'stereo' sound reference. Why we do it is not as important as the fact that we do it instinctively.
Psychology and Physiology are the best of friends. They 'agree' with one another. Every time you shift your posture – you have to change your mind. Why? Well I'm playing with words but what I mean is that you are triggering a different pathway – a different pattern of neurons. These patterns of 'thoughts' group together in clusters of associations. So, your body knows what position it should take if you feel uninterested just as much as your body knows the position it should take when you're interested.
So what? Well we do the Moodscope cards because often we are not interested in being involved in something. We've lost our Oomph! Our get-up-and-go, got-up-and-went!
My suggestion (and I'm looking forwards to your suggestions) is to run after our get-up-and-go! How? By moving. By moving our posture forward towards something. By breaking any pattern in our body posture that 'says' "I'm not interested."
Practically, if I'm finding it hard to stay engaged in a conversation, I deliberately sit up, move forward on my seat, lean forwards, and put my head to one side as if listening more attentively. I don't know how it works. I don't know why it works. But I do know that it does work.
When you change your (physical) attitude and position you change your (mental) attitude and position.
Assume the position!