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Amore, M. (2012). Clinical Scenarios of “Remembering”: Somatic States as a Process of Emerging Memory. Psychoanal. Dial., 22(2):238-252.

(2012). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 22(2):238-252

Clinical Scenarios of “Remembering”: Somatic States as a Process of Emerging Memory

Marina Amore, Ph.D.

This paper explores the relationship between somatic states and nonverbal processes of memory, and suggests an intervention model favoring the exploration of these states when they emerge during an analytic session. Somatic states and symptoms are considered here to belong to the enactment process, which is part of the web of Self-with-Other relational procedures and of the subsymbolic procedural or implicit mode of knowledge, inherent to and necessary for the development of subjective and relational skills and an integrated sense of Self. The analytic dyad can agree to consider somatic states as a sort of dream of the body that, like a dream of the mind, can be explored and investigated together. In the clinical experience presented, a painful somatic state gives shape to a significant enactment. By focusing perceptive attention on the somatic state, it reveals the memory of a traumatic experience. The integration of the dissociated memory overcomes the impasse that the analytic relationship is experiencing as the conclusion of the therapeutic process draws near.

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