Bringing up the bodies: Psyche–soma, body awareness and feeling at ease

Music, Graham (2015) Bringing up the bodies: Psyche–soma, body awareness and feeling at ease. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 31 (1). pp. 4-19. ISSN Print ISSN: 0265-9883 Online ISSN: 1752-0118

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This paper looks at how difficult early experiences can give rise to defences in which patients rely excessively on their minds, or on bodily activity, having little faith in good reliable objects, internal or external, and little capacity for relaxation and just being. Links are made between Winnicott's theories about mind and psyche–soma and Porges' more recent ideas about vagal tone and the parasympathetic nervous system. These ideas are illustrated with a number of clinical examples of patients who were distrustful of others and who were out of touch with their bodily states. Attention is paid to the need to become more ‘body aware’ in our clinical technique, and questions are asked as to how we might manage this.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 19 Jan 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trauma, Psyche, Soma, Vagal Tone Nerve, Mind-Object, Relaxation, Regression
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Development
Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Emotions
Human Psychological Processes > Biological Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2015 12:31
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 10:28
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/956

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