University of Hertfordshire


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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-150
Number of pages8
JournalArts in Psychotherapy
Early online date29 Dec 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013


Early interpersonal experiences have been the focus of philosophy and developmental psychology for decades. Concepts of self and self-other relatedness seem to have an onset in early interaction patterns during dyadic relating. Phenomenologists consider the embodied, that is the intercorporeal dialogue, as the basis for self-other relating. Developmental psychologists have shown that the responsiveness a child is met with during early phases of life is a very subtle process. Kinaesthetic intersubjectivity is introduced as a perspective on dyadic relating. Embodied attitude during dance duets is taken as an example of active nonverbal attunement between interaction partners. Shared movement situations will serve as an example of how a sense of intersubjectivity and self-other differentiation can be perceived through movement structures. Shared movement intervention could offer a new perspective for psychotherapeutic intervention in disorders with a disturbed self, like autism and need researching.


This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of the following article: Rosemarie Samaritter and Helen Payne, ‘Kinaesthetic intersubjectivity: A dance informed contribution to self-other relatedness and shared experience in non-verbal psychotherapy with an example from autism’, The Arts in Psychotherapy, Vol. 40 (1): 143-150, February 2013. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license The final, published version is available online at DOI:

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