Body Psychotherapy: History, Concepts, and Methods
From yoga to neuroscience, a tour of major ideas about the body and mind.Body psychotherapy, which examines the relationship of bodily and physical experiences to emotional and psychological experiences, seems at first glance to be a relatively new area and on the cutting edge of psychotherapeutic theory and practice. It is, but the major concepts of body/mind treatment are actually drawn from a wide range of historical material, material that spans centuries and continents.
Here, in a massively comprehensive book, Michael Heller summarizes all the major concepts, thinkers, and movements whose work has led to the creation of the field we now know as body/mind psychotherapy.
The book covers everything from Eastern and Western thought—beginning with yoga and Taosim and moving to Plato and Descartes. It also discusses major developments in biology—how organisms are defined—and neuroscience. This is truly a comprehensive reference for anyone interested in the origins of the idea that the mind and body are not separate and that both must be understood together in order to understand people and their behavior.
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Chinese and Taoist Refinements
STARTING WITH THE CERTITUDES OF THE SOUL
The Body and the Soul of Scientists
The Soul as a Boat that Tries to Survive an Endless Storm
Spinozas Parallelist Systemics Situates the Mind in
A Mind without a Soul without a Body
Kant Decrees the Impossibility of Making Pronouncements about
From Evolutionary Theory to Artificial Intelligence
Free Associations as the Basic Method of the First Topography
From the Dynamics of the Libido to the Second Topography
Psychoanalysis and the Body
THE ORGANISMIC APPROACH OF WILHELM REICH
Psychosomatics and Orgonomy
After Reich 19452000
The Behavior of an Invisible Visible Body
The NeoDarwinism of Today
The System of Vegetative Regulation and Affects
HYPNOSIS RELAXATION AND GYMNASTICS AT THE BIRTH
Spirituality Hypnosis and Energy
The First Methods of Relaxation
From Elsa Gindler to Moshe Feldenkrais
The Postural Dynamics
THE PSYCHE AS REGULATOR OF THE ORGANISM
Principles of the First Topography
Neurosis as the Content of the First Topography
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