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MIND AND ITS RELATION TO THE PSYCHE‐SOMA*

MIND AND ITS RELATION TO THE PSYCHE‐SOMA* BY D. W. WINNICOTTt ‘To ascertain what exactly comprises the irre- dual from the very beginning of psychosomatic ducible mental elements, particularly those of a existence. If one accepts this discipline then dynamic nature, constitutes in my opinion one of one can study the mind of an individual as it our most fascinating aims. These elements would specializes out from the psyche part of the necessarily have a somatic and probably a neuro- psyche-soma. logical equivalent, and in that way we should by The mind does not exist as an entity in the scientific method have closely narrowed the age- individual’s scheme of things provided the old gap between mind and body. I venture to individual psyche-soma or body scheme has predict that then the antithesis which has baffled come satisfactorily through the very early all the philosophers will be found to be based on developmental stages; mind is then no more an illusion. In other words, Z do not think that the mind really exists as an enrity-possibly a than a special case of the functioning of the startling thing for a psychologist to say [my italics]. psyche-soma. When we talk of the mind influencing the body or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice Wiley

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1954 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1476-0835
eISSN
2044-8341
DOI
10.1111/j.2044-8341.1954.tb00864.x
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BY D. W. WINNICOTTt ‘To ascertain what exactly comprises the irre- dual from the very beginning of psychosomatic ducible mental elements, particularly those of a existence. If one accepts this discipline then dynamic nature, constitutes in my opinion one of one can study the mind of an individual as it our most fascinating aims. These elements would specializes out from the psyche part of the necessarily have a somatic and probably a neuro- psyche-soma. logical equivalent, and in that way we should by The mind does not exist as an entity in the scientific method have closely narrowed the age- individual’s scheme of things provided the old gap between mind and body. I venture to individual psyche-soma or body scheme has predict that then the antithesis which has baffled come satisfactorily through the very early all the philosophers will be found to be based on developmental stages; mind is then no more an illusion. In other words, Z do not think that the mind really exists as an enrity-possibly a than a special case of the functioning of the startling thing for a psychologist to say [my italics]. psyche-soma. When we talk of the mind influencing the body or

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Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and PracticeWiley

Published: Sep 1, 1954

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