The BodyMind Approach™, medically unexplained symptoms and personal construct psychology

YuChi Lin, Helen Payne

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This article outlines how the body produces medically unexplained symptoms
(MUS). The BodyMind Approache (TBMAe) is a suggested therapeutic
intervention for disrupting the expression of MUS. This is discussed in three
main sections, each section relating to the previous one. First, the models of
dissociation and conversion are expanded from a basis of personal construct
psychology in which the body is related to psychological activities. Second, the
way to release physical symptoms is to raise the levels of the awareness, in
which preverbal constructs and suspended events effecting the generation of
MUS are embodied. Third, TBMAe is proposed as an appropriate treatment
intervention. The reasons for this are discussed by explaining how the
therapeutic process breaks down dissociation and conversion models.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-166
Number of pages13
JournalBody, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
Issue number3
Early online date28 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2014


  • depression, perspnal construct psychology, convdersion, The BodyMind Approach, medically unexplained symptoms


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