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Copyright © 1997, Jay Ligda.  All rights reserved.  Published by Humans in the Universe and Jay Ligda.

The Mind-Body Split

      Arnold Mindell (1985), founder of "process oriented psychology," suggests, "people identify themselves with their 'main' channels and tend to dissociate themselves from other channels" (p. 23).   These dissociated channels become "secondary processes" which then become unconscious.   Mindell (1985) states that "stressing one aspect of the personality over long periods of time impoverishes another aspect and separates the individual . . . into parts" (p. 7).   Here we have the foundation for a mind-body-environment split by focusing primarily on the mind channels over the body and the environmental channels.   Mindell (1985) notes that the visual channel is usually most developed.   Language is perceived through the visual channel by reading and the auditory channel by hearing speech.   Rules and belief systems are created with language.   When the rules and beliefs that we live our lives by conflict with the information received through the body channels, a mind-body split is created. Dysfunction sets in.

by Jay Ligda

(This work is a all or part of an original work first published/written for John F. Kennedy University:  Final Integrative Project., Mar1996.)


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References

  • Mindell, A. (1985).  A River's Way:  The Process Science of the Dreambody.  Boston, MA:  Routledge & Kegan, Paul. .

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