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Title: Movement as a psychophysical process : the interrelationships between the psyche and the body
Author: Bloom, Kayta
ISNI:       0000 0001 3468 2546
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2004
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This thesis examines the interrelationships between the body and its movement and psychic and emotional states by bringing together two disciplines - movement analysis and psychoanalysis - for comparison and synthesis. The groundwork is laid by presenting theory from both disciplines - Laban Movement Analysis, particularly Effort theory, is a key resource and is brought into contact with relevant themes from psychoanalytic object relations. A synthesis of the theoretical frameworks is applied to the analysis of data from four psychoanalytic observational studies of infants and young children, in order to recognize and describe emergent themes over time. The potential benefits of this blending of languages is further tested by applying It to clinical work with three adult patients in Individual movement based and psychoanalytically Informed psychotherapy. In exploring how this synthesis works in practice, particular attention Is paid to the ways In which unconscious primitive psychophysical patterns, of the kind described in the Infant and child observations, are drawn out my work with adults. The following questions are considered: What can relevant aspects of psychoanalytic theory contribute to the perception and understanding of emotional and psychological processes, which may help to underpin dance movement therapists' theoretical understanding? Conversely, can close attention to movement, supported by the analysis and experiential practice of movement, offer an added dimension of insight into the perception of emotional and psychic processes which could be of use to psychotherapists?
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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