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Association Of Jungian Analysts
EMBODIED ACTIVE IMAGINATION IN CLINICAL WORK: THE RECOVERY OF EARLY PSYCHOLOGICAL FUNCTIONS INTERRUPTED BY COLLECTIVE TRAUMA.
This presentation aims to account for the possibility the body offers as a via regia to aspects of the self that never access a representational level due to a collective trauma lived at an early age. It offers an introduction to some of the psychic consequences and clinical difficulties that may emerge when the early personal wound is deeply merged with a family and collective trauma. Karin will particularly focus on The Enforced Disappearance of people that occurred during Argentina’s State Terrorism which has left hundreds of children stripped of their roots and true identity. When, as in these cases, the process of translation and integration from implicit to explicit autobiographical memory becomes interrupted, there is a need in the clinical work for new approaches that may facilitate access to this preverbal-somatic-affective narrative.
In this lecture, Karin would like to reflect on how, by including a non-verbal symbolic approach such as Embodied Active Imagination – also known as Authentic Movement – sensations experienced by the living body of the patient can function as nodal centres of implicit memories that under certain conditions can release and give rise to long-buried impressions. The patient’s body gestures and physical sensations act as a point of departure, which bridges the preverbal-implicit knowledge with the emergent emotions and images, contributing to creating a symbolic narrative that, heretofore, has been brutally taken away.