Throughout my life I've always heard that people who slouch must think poorly of themselves. Maybe they're insecure, nervous, or just weak. I was just wondering how common that perception truly is and whether or not my options really are limited.
I am what is called a hunchback if you throw Greek medical terminology out the window. Poor posture is just something that I need to accept and live with. I do feel good about myself, I take good care of myself and appearance, I'm also committed to working out every single day to strength my core muscles to limit possible back injury, and I certainly do not look like a monster by any stretch of the imagination. I just look a bit awkward plain and simple.
I'm a little apprehensive about the bad vibes my posture gives off. I just ended a nasty relationship with the typical remarks, "You're nothing without me. You're going to die alone. Etc." There were a few bad things said about the way I carry myself... And how screwed I am because of a medical condition. I just want some down to earth and honest replies about the topic.
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My posture has always been horrible. When I see pictures of myself I'm shocked at how curved my spine is. I also have downward sloping, fairly narrow shoulders, which makes it look worse. I have a quite a few back problems.
In 5th grade, I was told I walked like a duck, and a graduation photo proved this. So I somehow taught myself to walk upright. Now, if I remember my posture and sit or stand properly, it hurts and is straining. Even if I can stand it, a couple of minutes later, I realise my slouching has returned.
We had scoliosis testing in 7th grade. I passed, but now I feel like my spine is curved. My doctors have never said anything.
It's possible my slouching and back issues got worse after a car accident.
No one has mentioned it, surprisingly (except some random old lady once, I think); I guess they're more distracted by how skinny I look.
I think perhaps low self esteem or introversion can increase the chances of poor posture but I highly doubt the two are mutually exclusive.
I'm pretty sure humans are naturally supposed to slouch a tiny bit. The spine makes it look that way.0