Authentic Movement / Edition 1

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Authentic Movement, created by Mary Starks Whitehouse and subsequently developed by Janet Adler and Joan Chodorow, approaches dance and movement therapy from a Jungian perspective. The basic concepts of Authentic Movement are expressed for the first time in one volume through interviews and conversations with these important figures, and their key papers. They emphasize the importance of movement as a means of communication, particularly movement which is unconscious or 'authentic', emerging when the individual has a deep, self-sensing awareness an attitude of 'inner listening'. Such movement can trigger powerful images, feelings and memories arising from as early as infancy or childhood.

Incl. interviews & conversations emph. movement as means of communication; Jung & Dance Therapy, Active Imagination, etc

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Pallaro (psychology and dance/movement therapy) presents interviews, conversations, and papers by Whitehouse, Adler, and Choderow, key figures who defined authentic movement as a way to explore the unconscious. They emphasize the importance of movement as a means of communication and as an attitude of inner listening. They maintain that such movement can trigger powerful images, feelings and kinesthetic sensations arising from the depths of our stored childhood memories or connecting our inner selves to the transcendent. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853026539
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication 7
Acknowledgements 8
Introduction 11
Mary Starks Whitehouse
1 An Approach to the Center: An Interview with Mary Whitehouse 17
2 Conversation with Mary Whitehouse 29
3 Creative Expression in Physical Movement is Language without Words 33
4 The Tao of the Body 41
5 Physical Movement and Personality 51
6 Reflections on a Metamorphosis 58
7 The Transference and Dance Therapy 63
8 C. G. Jung and Dance Therapy: Two Major Principles 73
Janet Adler
9 An Interview with Janet Adler 107
10 Integrity of Body and Psyche: Some Notes on Work in Process 121
11 Authentic Movement and Sexuality in the Therapeutic Experience 132
12 Who is the Witness? A Description of Authentic Movement 141
13 Body and Soul 160
14 The Collective Body 190
Joan Chodorow
15 An Interview with Joan Chodorow 209
16 Philosophy and Methods of Individual Work 229
17 Dance Therapy and the Transcendent Function 236
18 Dance/Movement and Body Experience in Analysis 253
19 To Move and Be Moved 267
20 The Body as Symbol: Dance/Movement in Analysis 279
21 Active Imagination 301
Subject Index 315
Author Index 320
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