This book represents an outstanding contribution to the field of somatic psychology. It focuses on the relationship between body and emotions, and on the linkages between mindfulness-based emotion studies and neuroscience. The author discusses the awakening of somatic intelligence as a journey through pain and trauma management, the moral dimensions of somatic passions, and the art and practice of embodied mindfulness. Issues such as the emotions and the body in relation to Buddhist contemplative practice, against the background of the most recent findings of current neuroscience, are expanded in the book. A broad review of the Darwinian-Jamesian heritage on emotion studies is a unique contribution to the tradition of the somatogenic strands of emotions, and provides a contrasting focus to the ideogenic emotions in Sigmund Freud. This work provides an invaluable resource for students of psychology and philosophy, psychotherapists and meditation teachers, students, and for anyone with an interest in the field of somatic psychology.
Professor Padmasiri de Silva has a PhD in East-West Comparative Philosophy and an Advanced Diploma in Counselling. He is Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. His publications include Buddhist and Freudian Psychology, The Environmental Philosophy of Buddhism and An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology and Counselling.
Preface.- 1.Somatic Psychology in Historical Perspective.- 2. The Body and the Emotions: Anger, Disgust and Contempt.- 3. Embodied Emotions and Body-Mind Reactivity.- 4. Pain Management and Somatic Intelligence.- 5. Pain and Trauma Management.- 6. Emotion Studies: Darwin, James and Freud.- 7. Escaping Bondage to the Somatic Passions.- 8. The Nature of Human Volition and Intentions.- 9. A Journey of Self-awakening.- 10. Free Will.- 11. Moral Pain.