While the body has received significant attention in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in the last couple of decades, this still focused primarily on the body of pathology - the body as speaking for (or on behalf of) the mind. Here, leading psychoanalysts and psychotherapists join with experts whose field is the body to examine and celebrate generative, creative, vital, and irreducible aspects of our embodiment. The book is divided into seven themes, each including a chapter by a therapist and another by a specialist pondering various aspects of the body. Fashion journalists speak with a relational psychotherapist about beauty, a chef discusses sensuality with a couple therapist, and a Rabbi and a psychoanalyst speak of divinity and the body. This is a book aimed at igniting our imagination and faith in the possibility of living a full embodied life, and of integrating such practices within therapeutic and psychoanalytic work.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Introduction -- The Rhythmic Body -- Polyrhythmic weave of micro-moment interaction -- Dialogue: the song that’s in our head -- The Living Body -- A body in relationship -- A birthing body -- Dialogue: the living body -- The Sensual Body -- In search of erotic intelligence -- La petite mort -- Dialogue: imagining desire -- The Body of Pain -- There is no process in death -- A woman, singing to herself -- Dialogue: screaming into Hell -- The Beautiful Body -- Subjects of beauty -- The journey back to self-worth -- Dialogue: recognising beauty -- The Divine Body -- Where is body? -- In my flesh I shall see God -- Dialogue: down the mountain -- The Psychotherapist’s Body -- Responding to a boundary -- Like love -- Dialogue: falling off the horse