The role of embodiment and intersubjectivity in clinical reasoning



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Gallagher, S. A. and Payne, H. (2015). The role of embodiment and intersubjectivity in clinical reasoning. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, 10 (1), 68-78.


Embodied approaches to cognition have been recently challenging standard views in philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences. We propose that these embodied cognition views hold implications for clinical reasoning. This article examines the role of embodiment and intersubjective interactions between patient and therapist in clinical reasoning in psychotherapy. It offers a phenomenologically informed enactive conception of clinical reasoning and characterises it as an ongoing embodied, embedded and intersubjective process, rather than a strictly mental process ‘in the head’ of the therapist.

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