Texture May Arouse Emotional Workplace Behaviors

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Texture is full of variance. It has pattern, color, material, and weight.

Have you considered using it for shock value?

One way to form a memory is by shocking our nervous system. Our response to seeing an appealing texture is to touch it. Something soft but feels like sandpaper will leave a lasting impression. It may sound harsh but in the right context it works!

Our brain’s plasticity allows us to change unhealthy behaviors.  It first detects, then reacts to sensations. Detection occurs on an unconscious level. Reaction is what fosters a behavior. Texture is just one way to access our millions of neurological functions in pursuit of changing behavior.

Texture may arouse emotional workplace behaviors.

Texture of fabric weave in clothing, jewelry settings, or skin care products may irritate some. Hugging, holding hands, and primary contact at work is a different purview of texture but still holds that initial sensation, touch. Designers may use texture on their products or interiors to evoke emotion.

Texture may cause a state of defensiveness that elicits stress and anxious behaviors.

The wrong texture may cause irritability or inappropriate workplace behaviors. A frequent coping mechanism may be to withdraw socially.

What’s one texture that brings you happiness? What’s one texture you avoid?

Become aware of your behaviors to different textures. This is one strategy to improve performance through the sensation of touch.