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Shahar-Levy, Y. (2001). The Function of the Human Motor System in Processes of Storing and Retrieving Preverbal, Primal Experience. Psychoanal. Inq., 21(3):378-393.

(2001). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 21(3):378-393

The Function of the Human Motor System in Processes of Storing and Retrieving Preverbal, Primal Experience

Yona Shahar-Levy, M.A., IDTR

Because the development of selfobject relationships is intimately involved with the development of the motor apparatus from the day of birth, it is assumed that movement improvisation can bring about the freeing of archaic memory traces. The author has painstakingly pulled together examples from her practice to demonstrate the existence of emotive memory clusters, which encompass many of life's vicissitudes and store them. She builds a theoretical framework for her hypotheses by linking her clinical observations with modern child research. Clinical vignettes illustrate this highly original, useful work. Transference and resistance are viewed with the same vigilance as in psychoanalysis while movement improvisations are given importance as type of free association.

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