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作者 Silow, Theresa
書名 The kinesthetic sense: Exploring sensation, self-emergence, awareness and stress negotiation through somatic practice
國際標準書號 9780493635132
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說明 265 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 63-04, Section: A, page: 1270
Adviser: Seymour Kleinman
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Ohio State University, 2002
Western perspectives have long regarded body and mind/soul as separate, assigning primacy of mind over body and regarding the "kinesthetic sense" as the forgotten sixth sense. This study elaborates on the development and use of the term kinesthetic sense and presents a working definition based on functional and neurophysiological (somatosensory receptor mechanisms) criteria and in relation to proprioception
The study explores the kinesthetic sense, its meaning, breadth and potential for cultivation. The following research questions are addressed: (1) What is the link between kinesthetic experience and the experience of self? (2) What are the possibilities of cultivating kinesthetic awareness through somatic practice? (3) What is the relationship between kinesthetic awareness and stress negotiation?
Qualitative methods including the constructivist/interpretivist paradigm, participatory action and heuristic approaches---constitute the paradigm for this introspective exploration. A somatics course, utilizing several embodiment practices, comprises the vehicle for the investigation. Individual data stories and general descriptions about emerging themes constitute the self-reported data
In alignment with psychological developmental theories and Eastern spiritual conceptions, the data indicates that: (1) kinesthetic experience presents a basis for the development of self; and (2) sensory awareness and contemplation facilitate the relinquishment of self and the experience of no-self or body/mind unity. Hence, the study indicates that kinesthesis is fundamental in human experience
During the short-term course, somatic practice (awareness, breathing and movement explorations) fostered sensory cultivation and body consciousness. The cultivation benefits are somewhat temporary, particularly when sensory amnesia is severe
In this investigation, traumatic and stressful experiences are discussed as contributors to diminished sensory functioning. Continued experience of stressful situations brings forth prolonged bodily contraction, diminished movement and sensory amnesia, while heightened body awareness allows for a partial disengagement from stress-causing situations and precipitates grounding within the body during challenging moments. Consequently, a link between kinesthetic awareness and the ability to manage and negotiate stress is established
School code: 0168
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 63-04A
主題 Education, Health
Psychology, Physiological
Alt Author The Ohio State University
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