Psychosomatic Illness: the Path towards a Common Language
As psychodynamic counsellors we are often accused of overvaluing, even idealising the mind and what might be called thinking, while neglecting the body and the contribution of body language and symptoms. Conversely, many GPs tend to look at symptoms in a purely physical or organic way and neglect the psychological meaning that may lie behind them. As the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in 1796: ‘I know a great many physicians, they are shallow Animals: having always employed their minds about Body and Gut, they imagine that in the whole system of things there is nothing but Gut and Body.’
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