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Goldberg, J.G. (1995). Psychoanalyzing the Body. Mod. Psychoanal., 20(1):79-90.

(1995). Modern Psychoanalysis, 20(1):79-90

Psychoanalyzing the Body

Jane G. Goldberg, Ph.D.

Bodily dysfunctions and diseases may be caused by what is termed “soul displacement.” The author traces the etymological root of the word “psyche,” to mean “soul,” but then points out an earlier use of the word, to mean “butterfly.” When the psyche is freed, like a butterfly, it is enabled to fly; thoughts and feelings flow through the body and the psyche with ease. Bodily disturbances result when an individual begins to live from a place in his psyche which is not consonant with his soul. A false self arises, and thoughts and feelings are no longer free to fly. Case vignettes illuminate the author's conception of “soul displacement.”

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