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PTSD and Mal. Really?
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Quote:Originally posted by AnotherSky:
Dunno if anybody still thinkin about this, but this is gonna be a limited, general list for now, Bytemite. I won't have any specifics until I can watch some.
Anywho. I was procrastinating and entertaining my friends at the same time, which led to me doing mime impressions of the ENTIRE crew. During these impressions realized some things about how Mal moves his body fit "in general" with PTSD. Though he appears confidently relaxed, it's constrained by a body still constantly hypervigilant. Anyone has any comments yea/nay, please speak em!
1.) When Mal "startles", he has a different style from any other male on the crew. He "freezes"--squeezes all his muscles up. Arches his back, suddenly is stiff as a board, particularly in the torso. The other clearest place to see the (female) version of this is (no surprise) River.
2.) In his torso language, Mal presents this area of his body like a turning wall, as though he had a swivel joint at his waist.
3.) He has MAJOR neck-shoulders tension.
4.) His arms and legs move mostly at the major joints of shoulders and hips, very little knees and elbows, except when he is *conciously relaxed*/exhausted. They are also squeezed in close when not making expansive movements.
His limbs move with his locked-down torso. Decent example of this is the wave from Inara scene in Serenity starting from him dozing.
5.) Anyone noticed how his head is tilted down all the time, jaw tight, shoulders nearly always forward or forcibly down?
6.) His characteristic arms-crossed pose whether upset, pissed or relaxed, is not defiant, or even "open" it's protective/comforting of his front. It's sometimes "comfortable" but he tends to do that unconscious rocking/holding thing. Lot of side-to-side stifff legged shifting. While still looking incredibly "manly and impulsive".
Please nobody (male) get offended. Just my observations. He's a hurt guy--doesn't make him any less awesome.
7.)Most of these are altered only when he's in a really exhausted or very "up" mood (ie when he can "forget"), except the deep muscle tension.
8.)I forget what they're called, but one definite sign of unreleased trauma remains in your deep core muscles in your lower back/hips/loins. They run all up and down your lower torso and are responsible for stabilization and free movement, except when they're locked (sometimes for years and years). Mal has this quite noticably, at least when you're trying to imitate him.
When I can see firefly again I'll try to come up with scenes and more easily arguable things. I'm not saying any of these are indicative, just things I noticed.
"Going for a ride."
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