The role of embodiment and intersubjectivity in clinical reasoning

Shaun Gallagher, Helen Payne

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Embodied approaches to cognition have been recently challenging standard views in philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences. We propose that these embodied cognition views hold implications for clinical reasoning. This article examines the role of embodiment and intersubjective interactions between patient and therapist in clinical reasoning in psychotherapy. It offers a phenomenologically informed enactive conception of clinical reasoning and characterises it as an ongoing embodied, embedded and intersubjective process, rather than a strictly mental process in the head of the therapist

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-78
Number of pages11
JournalBody, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy
Issue number1
Early online date17 Nov 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • body-as-subject
  • embodied cognition
  • enactivism
  • intersubjectivity
  • phenomenology


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