A New Body-Mind Approach: Clinical Cases by Jean Benjamin Stora

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By Jean Benjamin Stora

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Integrative psychosomatics is a brand new method of explaining health problems and the way sufferers relate to their difficulties. This new self-discipline attracts on psychoanalysis, medication and the neurosciences, instead of completely on psychoanalysis, which has encouraged all of the psychosomatic methods earlier. one of the interesting and compelling questions that this publication increases are how do we comprehend an sickness if we in basic terms learn the psyche? How do we comprehend sufferers if we basically take account in their organic info? And are hypochondriac difficulties generated by means of the brain, as a few medical professionals think, or are the issues in reality extra advanced? the writer additionally considers even if conventional psychoanalysis and medication may possibly really distance practitioners from an knowing of sufferers and health problems. For integrative psychosomatics, the psyche or the brain can play both a better or lesser function in sickness: advances in study within the neurosciences and biology during the last 20 years have exposed many organic and genetic tactics interested by the kin among the relevant fearful approach and the opposite structures that represent the human psychosomatic entity, and we will now comprehend health problems far better and deal with sufferers with reference to how they relate to their health problems.

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The future looks bleak if we follow a scenario of the patient’s progressive disorganisation caused by her retirement and the incapacity to redeploy her energy in projects that might support the life drives. My report on the consultation could therefore contain some pessimistic comments. But we can also envisage a second scenario by considering the following positive elements: presence of a narcissistic core (self-love) that allows the patient to continue to take care of herself, as shown by her physical appearance at the time of the consultation; the presence of a masochistic core that enables her to tolerate painful ordeals; and finally the presence of a capacity to observe medical guidance.

I am deeply grateful to my patients, because they have helped me to understand FOREWORD xxxi their relations to their illnesses, facilitating the therapeutic relationship so that they can be treated more effectively. This book aims to illustrate this new approach to patients and illnesses, which in a sense is an implementation of the second paradigm of medicine, and of what in my book on neuropsychoanalysis (2011) I termed neuropsychosomatics. ” (Deuteronomy, Chapter Thirty, verse 19) “The psychosomatician is always on the side of life” When I arrived at La Pitié-Salpêtrière one Monday morning, I stopped as usual at the entrance barrier; the duty guard was a young North African man from my native town of Constantine.

I have called it the “Method of assessing psychosomatic risk”, and employ it for the purpose of individual diagnosis, but also for epidemiological studies that integrate qualitative (psychic) variables and quantitative, biological variables into a general model. xxx FOREWORD This method provides a scientific basis for research in integrative psychosomatics. Why integrative psychosomatics? For a long time, I pushed aside some questions that I was asking myself about Marty’s explanation of the somatisation process.

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