Western healthcare is seriously limited by pervasive acceptance of dualistic concepts of mind and body, by entrenched scientific industrial ambition, by a monolithic agenda of evidence-based medicine that renders individual data invisible, and by clinical methods centred upon diagnosis rather than persons and persons-in-relationship. There is much research evidence that subjectivity (story) matters in health and disease. Psychoneuroimmunology research, narrative medicine, the new positive psychologies, the research on the health benefits of traditional values, social networks, and occupation, modern concepts of embodied cognition, and renewed interest in the person-to-person elements of the clinician/patient relationship, all point to a gradual closing of the culturally-assumed gap between mind and body. But there is no such gap. Subjectivity and physicality are dimensions of a unitive being, the person, and co-emergent from conception. They do not separate - separation is an observer construction.
WORLD DREAMING: WORLD CONGRESS FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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