The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma

“A purely disembodied human emotion is a nonentity,”William James asserted in his revolutionary 1884 theory of how our bodies affect our feelings. Two generations later, Rilke wrote in a beautiful letter of advice to a young woman: “I am not one of those who neglect the body in order to make of it a sacrificial offering for the soul, since my soul would thoroughly dislike being served in such a fashion.” And yet in the century since, we’ve made little progress on making sense — much less making use — of the inextricable dialogue between the physical body and the psychoemotional interior landscape we shorthand as “soul.”

So begins an excellent article by Maria Popova and published on Brainpickings.

One doesn’t have to experience to war to become traumatized; Sexual abuse or domestic violence create the same mind and body responses.

Maria talks about the work of Boston-based Dutch psychiatrist and pioneering PTSD researcher Bessel van der Kolk, and his book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

You can the read article Here

 

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