In preparation for the 21st IIBA International Conference in San Diego, October 2011
The North American and New Zealand Institutes for Bioenergetic Analysis (NANZIBA) is happy to invite the IIBA International Community to its first virtual BOOK CLUB
Object : Neuroscience clinical applications to Bioenergetic Analysis
Author : Allan Shore
Title: Affect Regulation and the Repair of the Self, Norton & Company, Inc., 2003
Chapters: 2, 3, 4 and 5
Delay: From today until mid-July, 2011
In this 21st century already, many bioenergetic contributors have shared with us their visions of links between neuroscience and Bioenergetic. Edith Liberman, Christa D. Ventling, David Kuniansky, Bob Lewis, Helen Resneck-Sannes, Angela Klopsteck, Guy Tonella are among those contributors. They have published articles in our Clinical Journals of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis.
For instance, Helen Resneck-Sannes wrote in her article entitled The Embodied Mind (2007 edition) « It appears that stimulation from caregivers during the first few years of life is necessary for the forming of those muscular, visceral, and sensorial structures that go into the building of the form and functions that Bioenergetic theory has labeled as character » (p. 46).
In other respects, Allan Shore for his part writes in the above book (p.31) « …hypotheses about the nature of the internal structural system that is altered in psychotherapy has been corroborated in a PET imaging study demonstrating that patients show significant changes in metabolic activity in the right orbitofrontal cortex and its subcortical connections as a result of successful psychological treatment (Schwarts Stoessel, Baxter, Martin, & Phelps, 1996). These results are supported by a large body of studies in the neurosciences indicating that although the effects of environmental experiences develop more rapidly and extensively in the developing than the adult brain, the capacity for experience-dependent plastic changes in the nervous system remains throughout the lifespan… (Rosenzweig, 1996).
Still, Allan Shore writes «…response of psychoanalysis will have to involve a reintegration of its own internal theoretical divisions, a reassessment of its educational priorities, a reevaluation of its current predominant emphasis on cognition, especially verbal mechanisms, as well as a reworking of its Cartesian mind-body dichotomies. » (pp 203-204).
Considering that at the heart of his therapeutic approach Lowen himself many decades ago integrated mind and body both in theory and in practice of Bioenergetic Analysis with accent to body work, considering that « we must continue to build from the legacy of its creator » (Tonella, Paradigms for Bioenergetic Analysis at the Dawn of the 21st Century, in the Clinical Journal of the IIBA, 2008 edition, p. 28).
1. Can we consider movements, exercises, charges (bodily, emotionally), part of the Bioenergetic trademark, as repairing stimulation from us bioenergetic therapists ?
2. What are the clinical distinctive applications to Bioenergetic Analysis following from the latest researches in neurosciences as presented by Allan N. Shore?
3. What have been the effects of reading Shore on your clinical interventions and on your patients?
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