1st Edition

The Psyche of the Body A Jungian Approach to Psychosomatics

By Denise Gimenez Ramos Copyright 2005
    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The Psyche of the Body is a passionate and well-informed plea for a Jungian version of psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy.

    Illustrated by vivid clinical illustrations of case histories, The Psyche of the Body reviews the long history of psychosomatic medicine and models of the relationship between psyche and body that have evolved over time, and presents a full revision of research in the field over the last twenty years. It presents a much-needed theoretical model together with practical guidelines that demonstrate how the psychological aspects of specific illnesses should be handled in therapy and analysis.

    Practicing and training Jungian analysts, as well as all those involved in clinical treatment, will find the interdisciplinary approach to psychosomatic medicine promoted in this book fascinating reading.

    Introduction. Some Models and Concepts of Disease and the Healing Process. The Analytical Model. Disease as Symbolic Expression: A New Proposal. Critical Analysis of Psychosomatic Research. The Analytical Model in Organic Diseases. The Symbolic Body: Case Vignettes. Conclusions. Appendix: Placebo Studies.


    Denise Gimenez Ramos is a clinical psychologist and a member of the Brazilian Society of Analytical Psychology. She has a private clinic in Sao Paulo and is also Professor of Analytical Psychology and Head of the Department of Post-Graduate Studies in Clinical Psychology at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo.

    "After an interesting introductory chapter on the history of models of disease and the healing process, Dr. Ramos briefly introduces analytic concepts and then describes her conceptualization of disease as a symbolized process. Eschewing the mind/body split as untenable, she analyzes three organic diseases as examples and then presents several case vignettes." - Jacqueline A. Carleton, PhD, EABP Newsletter