Thinking beyond the brain: embodiment and the psycho-somatic

Johnson, Laurie ORCID: (2002) Thinking beyond the brain: embodiment and the psycho-somatic. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 5. pp. 51-70. ISSN 1471-4167


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When mind and body are in dispute, desire arises for stable points of reference like disciplinary boundaries. This paper contends that the sense of the integrity of a ‘body’ of thought or of a critical textual corpus is not a spatial-corporeal metaphor, but is an aspect of the way in which disciplinarity represents modes of being in the world, which, like all human activity, involve actualisation of the mind and body. Such actualisation is described here as ‘embodiment,’ which is defined as the ways in which the unconscious posits its exterior. Critical theorising about mind and body must include an account of the relationship between ‘theorising’ mind and body and ‘being’ embodied. This paper makes this point by using ‘polytextual’ readings of texts that discuss phenomena (such as phantom limbs) which render problematical the intuitive understanding we have of our minds and bodies.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with permission of publisher. Please note that the original published source should be cited, not this pre-publication version.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:58
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2013 05:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: mind-body problem, dualism, psychoanalysis, embodiment, disciplines, phantom limbs, polytextualism, Julia Kristeva, Nicolas Abraham, Descartes, critical psychology
Fields of Research (2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220314 Philosophy of Mind (excl. Cognition)
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170205 Neurocognitive Patterns and Neural Networks
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5003 Philosophy > 500315 Philosophy of mind (excl. cognition)
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5202 Biological psychology > 520203 Cognitive neuroscience
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5299 Other psychology > 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified

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