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Embodied Cognition and the Direct Induction of Affect as a Compliment to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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School Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne 3086, Australia
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Embodiment Resource Academy Europa (Munich), 80634 Munich, Germany
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Embodiment Resources Academy Europa (Leipzig), 04105 Leipzig, Germany
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Conference Paper prepared for the Special Issue “Embodied Aesthetics and Interpersonal Resonance” Symposium: A novel approach to embodied emotion regulation.
Behav. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs8030029
Received: 23 January 2018 / Revised: 14 February 2018 / Accepted: 16 February 2018 / Published: 26 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Embodied Aesthetics and Interpersonal Resonance)
We make the case for the possible integration of affect experience induced via embodiment techniques with CBT for the treatment of emotional disorders in clinical settings. Theoretically we propose a possible integration of cognitive behavioural theory, neuroscience, embodied cognition and important processes of client change outcomes such as the therapeutic alliance to enhance client outcomes. We draw from evidence of bidirectional effects between embodiment modes of bottom-up (sensory-motor simulations giving rise to important basis of knowledge) and top-down (abstract mental representations of knowledge) processes such as CBT in psychotherapy. The paper first describes the dominance and success of CBT for the treatment of a wide range of clinical disorders. Some limitations of CBT, particularly for depression are also outlined. There is a growing body of evidence for the added value of experiential affect-focused interventions combined with CBT. Evidence for the embodied model of cognition and emotion is reviewed. Advantages of embodiment is highlighted as a complimentary process model to deepen the intensity and valence of affective experience. It is suggested that an integrated embodiment approach with CBT enhances outcomes across a wide range of emotional disorders. A description of our embodiment method integrated with CBT for inducing affective experience, emotional regulation, acceptance of unwanted emotions and emotional mastery is given. Finally, the paper highlights the importance of the therapeutic alliance as a critical component of the change process. The paper ends with a case study highlighting some clinical strategies that may aid the therapist to integrate embodiment techniques in CBT that can further explore in future research on affective experience in CBT for a wider range of clinical disorders. View Full-Text
Keywords: embodiment; CBT; interpersonal synchrony; therapeutic alliance; emotional regulation; emotional field; emotional mastery; affect experience; change process embodiment; CBT; interpersonal synchrony; therapeutic alliance; emotional regulation; emotional field; emotional mastery; affect experience; change process
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Pietrzak, T.; Lohr, C.; Jahn, B.; Hauke, G. Embodied Cognition and the Direct Induction of Affect as a Compliment to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Behav. Sci. 2018, 8, 29.

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