The Philosophy of Grasping: Obtaining Knowledge by Location in Space-time

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Kirsten Lilli


dance, movement, cognition, philosophy, psychotherapy, psychotraumatology, expressive arts dance movement therapy, theory of mind


The philosophy of grasping with its locating in space-time proves itself to help as a means of orientation, which can develop further the functional ability and skill to mentalize and conceptualize – for a self-determined performance in an interdependent world. In psychotrauma use, the performative act of individually locating in space-time enables the individual to grasp distancing from traumatic events, thus assisting in ´cool down´ from a so called ´triggered´ state of mind.

The described methodology is a psychotrauma-orientated method of psychotherapy based on with its fundamental connection on connecting body-based experiences with artistic and verbal processing. The method resembles the process of the multidimensional development of the human brain in the first years of life based on attachment theory. The method is examined using qualitative methodologies applied to complex treatment at a psychosomatic acute care clinic employing three ex-patients and comparative test persons. The research work with the ex-patients included an open interview with catamnesis, the instant intervention method and specially developed questionnaires.

Among the results is that the methodology appeared most effective in combination with group and one-to-one-settings.

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