Body Psychotherapy: History, Concepts, and Methods

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 20, 2012 - Psychology - 842 pages
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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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Contents

Chinese and Taoist Refinements
47
STARTING WITH THE CERTITUDES OF THE SOUL
73
The Body and the Soul of Scientists
106
The Soul as a Boat that Tries to Survive an Endless Storm
116
Spinozas Parallelist Systemics Situates the Mind in
122
A Mind without a Soul without a Body
135
Kant Decrees the Impossibility of Making Pronouncements about
144
From Evolutionary Theory to Artificial Intelligence
155
Free Associations as the Basic Method of the First Topography
365
From the Dynamics of the Libido to the Second Topography
379
The Metapsychology
395
Psychoanalysis and the Body
407
THE ORGANISMIC APPROACH OF WILHELM REICH
461
Psychosomatics and Orgonomy
487
After Reich 19452000
516
The Behavior of an Invisible Visible Body
575

The NeoDarwinism of Today
178
The System of Vegetative Regulation and Affects
206
HYPNOSIS RELAXATION AND GYMNASTICS AT THE BIRTH
253
Spirituality Hypnosis and Energy
274
The First Methods of Relaxation
282
From Elsa Gindler to Moshe Feldenkrais
290
The Postural Dynamics
320
THE PSYCHE AS REGULATOR OF THE ORGANISM
337
Principles of the First Topography
344
Neurosis as the Content of the First Topography
357
Tronick
620
Downing and Integrative Body Psychotherapy in 2001
633
Toward a Form of Psychotherapy that Integrates
659
Appendix about Postures ofReference
675
Notes
681
Glossary
741
References and Bibliography
749
Name Index
801
Subject Index
813
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Michael C. Heller is a USA and Swiss citizen, born in Paris. He is a psychologist who has studied, as a researcher and a clinician, the relation between mind and body. As a researcher, he has primarily studied the nonverbal behavior of suicidal and depressive patients in the Geneva University Psychiatric Institutions. As a clinician, he trained in body psychotherapy in Gerda Boyesen’s school, and has participated in the development of body psychotherapy with his colleagues of the European Association of Body Psychotherapy (EABP). He has participated in the creation of several journals in the field of body psychotherapy, and has occupied key posts in the EABP (Vice-president, chair of the Ethics Committee and Scientific Committee). He publishes and teaches regularly on clinical and research issues related to body and mind. He is now psychotherapist and supervisor in Lausanne, Switzerland, while continuing to teach and publish at an international level.

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