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My friends call me ‘Humpty Dumpty’ because I’m always falling over. Can my clumsiness be cured? © Dan Bright

My friends call me ‘Humpty Dumpty’ because I’m always falling over. Can my clumsiness be cured?

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Had a great fall? Maybe you need to find some time to relax before you crack.

Yes, there is hope for you. Research with injury-prone athletes suggests that the root cause of clumsiness often lies in the mind – stress can dull reflexes and narrow our focus, making us less aware of our surroundings and less able to react appropriately when we bump into things or fall awkwardly.

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Lower your stress levels and your Humpty Dumpty days may soon be over. But if your problems are serious and chronic, it’s possible that you have dyspraxia. This brain disorder affects movement control and coordination. Visit your GP if you are concerned, or visit dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk.

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Authors

Dr Christian Jarrett is a cognitive neuroscientist, science writer and author. He is the Deputy Editor of Psyche, the sister magazine to Aeon that illuminates the human condition through psychology, philosophy and the arts. Jarrett also created the British Psychological Society's Research Digest blog and was the first ever staff journalist on the Society's magazine, The Psychologist. He is author of Great Myths of The Brain and Be Who You Want: Unlocking the Science of Personality Change.

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