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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


FERNANDEZ DE LA VEGA GONZALEZ, Susana. The memory of the body: a theoretical justification of corporal interventions in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2018, vol.38, n.134, pp.451-471. ISSN 2340-2733.

There are many psychotherapeutic proposals that offer corporal interventions to deal with psychic suffering, some of them lacking a solid theoretical foundation. On the other hand, different authors accept the presence of archaic experiences that maintain their influence throughout life and are inaccessible to the word. When verbal intervention is insufficient, it is necessary to reflect on the limits of therapeutic action: attention to somatic dialogue, questioning of the touch taboo or the integration of body techniques that evoke sensory and primordial emotional experiences. The meaning of the body within the psychoanalysis field, according to a range of authors such as Freud, Reich, Bion, Winnicott, Anzieu or relational psychoanalysis theorists, will be reviewed in search of a conceptual foundation for body techniques.

Keywords : psychoanalysis; body; body techniques; early experiences; the archaic.

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