When the Body Displaces the Mind: Stress, Trauma and Somatic Disease

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Karnac Books, Jun 7, 2007 - Psychology - 214 pages
Can the mind really generate a physical disease? Conversely, can the body cause mental illness? What do we know today about their interaction? The relations between body and mind are the source of many problems that are currently treated separately by psychoanalysts and doctors because of the compartmentalisation between their disciplines. Despite differences in clinical practice, we all stand to benefit from a common understanding of the reciprocal influences of the mind and the body and the ways in which these are interrelated. It is time to stop treating the body in isolation from treatment of the mind and to understand that where the psychic apparatus fails in its key task of managing the excitations generated by the tensions and frustrations of everyday life, it is the body that takes over. With a wealth of clinical examples, the author proposes an innovative theoretical and clinical approach that seeks to break down the barriers between biology and psychoanalysis; he also demonstrates its benefits for the health and recovery of patients and its implications for disease prevention.

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About the author (2007)

Jean Benjamin Stora is a psychoanalyst and psychosomatician, and a consultant in psychosomatics at la Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, Paris. In 2006 he established the university diploma in integrative psychosomatics, psychoanalysis, medicine and the neurosciences, which he co-directs at the Faculte de Medecine, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6. He was president of the Pierre Marty Institute of Psychosomatics from 1989 to 1992, and of the Societe Francaise de Medecine Psychosomatique from 2000 to 2002. He is the author of many books, including 'Le Stress, Quand le corps prend la releve: stress traumatismes et maladies somatiques, Vivre avec une greffe: accueillir l'autre, Neuropsychanalyse, Controverses et Dialogues, When the Body Displaces the Mind', and 'La nouvelle approche psychosomatique: cas cliniques'.

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