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The Expression of the Psychosomatic Body from a Phenomenological Perspective

Authors: Bullington, Jennifer

  • A unique approach applying Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy to psychosomatics
  • Covers and combines philosophy and health care praxis issues
  • Advances the understanding of complex psychosomatic symptoms
  • Provides a point of departure for a badly needed alternative approach to dealing with patients with psychosomatic issues
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This book is a contribution to the understanding of psychosomatic health problems. Inspired by the work of the French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty, a phenomenological theory of psychosomatics is worked out as an alternative to traditional, biomedical thinking. The patient who presents somatic symptoms with no clearly discernible lesion or dysfunction presents a problem to the traditional health care system. These symptoms are medically unexplainable, constituting an anomaly for the materialistic understanding of ill health that underlies the practice of modern medicine. The traditional biomedical model is not appropriate for understanding a number of health issues that we call “psychosomatic” and for this reason, biomedical theory and practice must be complemented by another theoretical understanding in order to adequately grasp the psychosomatic problematic. This book establishes a complementary understanding of psychosomatic ill health in terms of a non-reductionistic model allowing for the (psychosomatic) expression of the lived body. A thorough presentation of the work Merleau-Ponty is followed by the author’s application of his thinking to the phenomenon of psychosomatic pathology.

About the authors

Jennifer Bullington's research is concerned mainly with issues surrounding the theoretical understanding of psychosomatic conditions (mind – body problem) and how the care, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with complicated psychosomatic symptoms and diseases can be improved. Her doctoral dissertation from 1999 (published as well in book form) is a systematized philosophical analysis of psychosomatic theories, including a presentation of my own alternative phenomenological theory of psychosomatics inspired by the work of the French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • The Psychosomatic Problematic

    Bullington, Jennifer

    Pages 1-18

  • The Lived Body

    Bullington, Jennifer

    Pages 19-37

  • The Meaning of Meaning

    Bullington, Jennifer

    Pages 39-47

  • The Lived Body (Phenomenology of Perception) and the Flesh (The Visible and the Invisible)

    Bullington, Jennifer

    Pages 49-57

  • The Phenomenological Psychosomatic Theory

    Bullington, Jennifer

    Pages 59-79

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eBook $34.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-6497-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Expression of the Psychosomatic Body from a Phenomenological Perspective
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-6498-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-6498-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-6497-2
Series ISSN
2211-4548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 105
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