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1st Edition

The Embodied Self
Movement and Psychoanalysis

ISBN 9781855753945
Published June 8, 2006 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

By integrating principles from her background as a movement psychotherapist and movement analyst with key concepts from contemporary psychoanalysis, the author offers a new perspective on exploring the interrelationships between nonverbal and verbal 'articulation' in any therapy setting. The Embodied Self provides a practical and experiential working model for developing therapists' embodied attentiveness, which will enhance their recognition of the sensori-affective manifestations of transference and countertransference. It will inform the work of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, dance movement therapists, and body psychotherapists, as well as those involved in psychoanalytic observational studies. It will also be of great value to anyone interested in exploring the interrelationships between the psyche and the body.

Table of Contents

Foreword -- Preface -- Overview and Theory -- Laying the groundwork -- The language of movement: embodying psychic processes -- On the meaning of the body from a psychoanalytic perspective -- Embodied attentiveness: a synthesis of frameworks -- Psychoanalytic Observational Studies -- Introduction -- One infant's manic manipulation of space and time -- The infant's language -- Falling into space -- The social arena of the nursery -- Clinical Case Studies -- Introduction -- “I don't know where I come from” -- “I don't know where I'm going” -- Signals from the solar plexus -- Summary of Part III -- Conclusions

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