The self and dance movement therapy – a narrative approach

Christian Kronsted

pp. 47-58

Within the last fifty years as philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science have moved towards increasingly more embodied theoretical frameworks, there has been growing interest in Dance Movement Therapy (DMT). DMT has been shown to be effective in mitigating negative symptoms in several psychopathologies including PTSD, autism, and schizophrenia. Further, DMT generally helps participants gain a stronger sense of agency and connection with their body. However, it has been argued that it is not always clear what constitutes these changes in DMT participants. I argue that we can better understand the empirical and phenomenological results of DMT across psychopathologies if we adapt an enactive embodied approach to cognition. I use the framework of embodied enactive cognition and narrative theories of the self to develop an account of DMT as a form of narrative change. I claim that through the acquisition of new bodily skill and bodily awareness, DMT can cause changes to the participant's narrative self-understanding.

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DOI: 10.1007/s11097-018-9602-y

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Kronsted, C. (2020). The self and dance movement therapy – a narrative approach. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 19 (1), pp. 47-58.

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