David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Psychopathology 43 (5):327-333 (2010)
The notion of embodiment is central to the phenomenological approach to schizophrenia. This paper argues that fundamental concepts for the understanding of schizophrenia have a bodily dimension. We present two single cases of first-onset schizophrenic patients and analyze the reports of their experiences. Problems such as loss of self, loss of common sense, and intentionality disorders reveal a disconnectedness that can be traced back to a detachment from the lived body. Hyperreflectivity and hyperautomaticity are used as coping mechanisms, but reflect the same problem of the split between body and mind. It is argued that the sole focus on cognitive impairments leads to a distorted image of schizophrenia, and that the acknowledgment of its fundamental bodily roots enables one to see the coherence between the diverse symptoms. As for the practical implications of the phenomenological approach, further research is needed to investigate if and how body- and movement-oriented therapies might strengthen the embodiment of schizophrenic patients.
|Keywords||schizophrenia phenomenology embodiment|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Line Ryberg Ingerslev (2013). My Body as an Object: Self-Distance and Social Experience. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (1):163-178.
Francesca Ferri, Francesca Frassinetti, Francesca Mastrangelo, Anatolia Salone, Filippo Maria Ferro & Vittorio Gallese (2012). Bodily Self and Schizophrenia: The Loss of Implicit Self-Body Knowledge. Consciousness and Cognition 21 (3):1365-1374.
Similar books and articles
Angela Woods (2011). The Sublime Object of Psychiatry: Schizophrenia in Clinical and Cultural Theory. Oxford University Press, Usa.
Mads Gram Henriksen (2013). On Incomprehensibility in Schizophrenia. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (1):105-129.
Louis A. Sass & Josef Parnas (2003). Schizophrenia, Consciousness, and the Self. Schizophrenia Bulletin 29 (3):427-444.
Louis A. Sass & Peter J. Uhlhaas (2003). Phenomenology, Context, and Self-Experience in Schizophrenia. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (1):104-105.
Murray Alpert & Burt Angrist (2003). The Ketamine Model for Schizophrenia. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (1):82-83.
Thomas Fuchs (2005). Corporealized and Disembodied Minds: A Phenomenological View of the Body in Melancholia and Schizophrenia. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 12 (2):95-107.
Paul Henry Lysaker, Jason K. Johannesen & John Timothy Lysaker (2005). Schizophrenia and the Experience of Intersubjectivity as Threat. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 4 (3):335-352.
Martin Brüne (2004). Understanding the Symptoms of “Schizophrenia” in Evolutionary Terms. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (6):857-857.
Alice Medalia & Rosa W. Lim (2004). Self-Awareness of Cognitive Functioning in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research 71 (2):331-338.
Michael A. Schwartz, Osborne P. Wiggins, Jean Naudin & Manfred Spitzer (2005). Rebuilding Reality: A Phenomenology of Aspects of Chronic Schizophrenia. [REVIEW] Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 4 (1):91-115.
E. Bacon, J. M. Danion, F. Kauffmann-Muller & A. Bruant (2001). Consciousness in Schizophrenia: A Metacognitive Approach to Semantic Memory. Consciousness and Cognition 10 (4):473-484.
Thomas Fuchs (2013). Temporality and Psychopathology. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 12 (1):75-104.
Alfred Kraus (2010). Existential a Prioris and the Phenomenology of Schizophrenia. Dialogues in Philosophy, Mental and Neuro Sciences 3 (1):1-7.
Louis A. Sass (2004). Affectivity in Schizophrenia: A Phenomenological View. Journal of Consciousness Studies 11 (10-11):127-147.
Added to index2011-02-08
Total downloads24 ( #82,698 of 1,410,135 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #75,890 of 1,410,135 )
How can I increase my downloads?