Somatic Psychology in Historical Perspective

Chapter

Abstract

The historical background to the present book is found in the emergence of Somatic Psychology and body-oriented therapies, presented as an excellent narrative by Barratt (The emergence of somatic psychology and bodymind therapy, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2013). The present work goes beyond this study, introducing the more recent development of somatic intelligence , very much visible in the work and writings of Jon Kabat-Zinn , Risa Kaparo and Vidyamala Burch to whom this book is dedicated as a mark of appreciation. But the present book works on a larger area in focussing on theories of the relationship between the body and emotions, the linkages between mindfulness -based emotion studies and neuroscience and meditation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Philosophical, Historical and International StudiesMonash UniversitySpringvaleAustralia

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