The Fear of the Unknown

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Human beings are programmed to be uncomfortable of the unknown. When we are unsure, we become hesitant. Our normal movements become hindered. We become more defensive. This built-in response of the unknown helps to ensure human kinds behave cautiously when we encounter situations which we are unsure of.

It is also this automatic response that Taiji practitioner exploits in pushing hands. When our opponents cannot detect any physical strength from their contact with our hands, they tend to become more cautious. This also results in additional stress on them mentally. When the mental stress builds up to a certain point, it manifests itself into physical stress. This is the time when our opponents become stiff and their responses become slower. It is also the moment of victory for us.

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