The Body’s Expression of Conflict

  • Joan Woodward
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Abstract

In the previous chapter the connection between ‘mental pain’ and bodily pain was described in terms of how our feelings are experienced in our bodies. This chapter attempts to show how sometimes we have quite severe physical complaints or symptoms which express our feelings. Such feelings are generally ones that we are fearful of acknowledging because they would then give us ‘mental pain’, yet it seems that they cannot be denied or completely hidden. As a result they are ‘acted out’ in a variety of ways by our bodies, and this process allows our expression of them while simultaneously hiding both the feelings and the meaning of them from ourselves.

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© Joan Woodward 1988

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