The Psychophysiology of Self-Awareness: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Body Sense
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Embodied self-awareness is the ability to feel our emotions and movements in the present moment, without the influence of judgemental thoughts (such as: am I doing this right?). This book provides the scientific background and understanding of this awareness and explores how we can prevent it from being lost.
'This book is a rare work in its crossing of two worlds: the intricate, technical world of psychological and biomedical research, with its increasingly sophisticated technologies and languages; and the lived world of becoming mature adults. Alan Fogel succeeds in weaving together these disparate worlds with his lucid writing grounded in his thorough understanding both of the importance of embodied self-awareness in our ordinary lives and the sciences that make sense of that dimension of our being. It is an eminently practical book, providing many clues for how we might expand the benefits of embodiment in negotiating the challenges of our lives and, at the same time, gain a familiarity with the scientific basis for their efficacy, thus counteracting inevitable tendencies toward self-doubt and cynicism.'
- Don Hanlon Johnson, PhD, professor of somatics, CIIS and author of Everyday Hopes, Utopian Dreams