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Varieties of Mind-Body Disunity

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This chapter is a phenomenological study of varied forms of lived mind-body disunity. Two broad types of such disunity are envisioned—those mediated by concrete bodily symbols and those that might be characterized as failures to symbolize. The first type includes hysterical conversion symptoms, hypochondriacal anxieties, and certain severe dissociative states, whereas instances of the second can be found in psychosomatic disturbances. Clinical examples of each are presented.


  • Mind-body disunity
  • Bodily symbols
  • Conversion
  • Hypochondria
  • Dissociation
  • Psychosomatic disturbances

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Stolorow, R.D., Atwood, G.E. (2016). Varieties of Mind-Body Disunity. In: Stanghellini, G., Aragona, M. (eds) An Experiential Approach to Psychopathology. Springer, Cham.

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