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Proner, B.D. (2005). Bodily states of anxiety: The movement from somatic states to thought. J. Anal. Psychol., 50(3):311-331.

(2005). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 50(3):311-331

Bodily states of anxiety: The movement from somatic states to thought

Barry D. Proner, M.D.

My paper attempts to stimulate thought about the relationship between physical and mental ‘states of anxiety’ by looking at some experiences in the consulting room, particularly at those moments when shifts from predominantly somatic to predominantly psychic forms of representation appeared to be taking place. These experiences are considered in conjunction with some of the ideas of Jung, Fordham, Bion, Winnicott, Meltzer and others relevant to the body-mind question. I conclude with some imaginative speculations.

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