When the Body Displaces the Mind: Stress, Trauma and Somatic Disease

Author(s) : Jean Benjamin Stora

When the Body Displaces the Mind: Stress, Trauma and Somatic Disease

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2007
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 214
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  • Catalogue No : 25074
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855754188
  • ISBN 10 : 1855754185

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Can the mind really generate a physical disease? Conversely, can the body cause mental illness? What do we know today about their interaction? The relations between body and mind are the source of many problems that are currently treated separately by psychoanalysts and doctors because of the compartmentalisation between their disciplines. Despite differences in clinical practice, we all stand to benefit from a common understanding of the reciprocal influences of the mind and the body and the ways in which these are interrelated. It is time to stop treating the body in isolation from treatment of the mind and to understand that where the psychic apparatus fails in its key task of managing the excitations generated by the tensions and frustrations of everyday life, it is the body that takes over. With a wealth of clinical examples, the author proposes an innovative theoretical and clinical approach that seeks to break down the barriers between biology and psychoanalysis; he also demonstrates its benefits for the health and recovery of patients and its implications for disease prevention.

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'The boundaries between disciplines have recently been seriously challenged in the neurosciences. This has resulted, among other things, in a realisation that the brain cannot be understood in isolation from other bodily organs. This realisation, in turn, has produced important advances in neuro-endocrinology and neuro-immunology, to mention only the obvious instances. But certainly one of the most significant advances brought about by this development has been in the scientific understanding of emotion. Few neuroscientists today would deny that the brain mechanisms of emotion (and drive) are centrally embedded in brain: body relationships.

It is very much to the credit of contemporary neuroscience that it has found a place for psychoanalysis in this interdisciplinary vortex, and it is likewise fortunate indeed that psychoanalysis has been able to make some significant contributions to the avalanche of neuroscientific discoveries that are now reported almost daily. These contributions have been limited almost exclusively to revealing the
role of unconscious emotional processes in so-called neurobehavioural (or neuropsychological) syndromes. We therefore have reason to be grateful to Professor Stora for this pioneering volume, in which he makes a first neuro-psychoanalytic foray into the fascinating and important field of psychosomatic medicine. In this spirit, I unequivocally recommend his work to prospective readers, and encourage his colleagues to take up the many scientific challenges he here poses for them.'
- From the foreword by Mark Solms

About the Author(s)

Jean Benjamin Stora is a psychoanalyst and psychosomatician, and a consultant in psychosomatics at la Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris. In 2006 he established the university diploma in integrative psychosomatics, psychoanalysis, medicine and the neurosciences, which he co-directs at the Faculté de Médecine, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6. He was president of the Pierre Marty Institute of Psychosomatics from 1989 to 1992, and of the Société Française de Médecine Psychosomatique from 2000 to 2002. He is the author of many books, including Le Stress, Quand le corps prend la relève: stress traumatismes et maladies somatiques, Vivre avec une greffe: accueillir l'autre, Neuropsychanalyse, Controverses et Dialogues, When the Body Displaces the Mind, and La nouvelle approche psychosomatique: cas cliniques.

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