The Body Keeps the Score: Introceptive Pathways

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We can get past the slipperiness of words by engaging the self-observing, body-based self system, which speaks through sensations, tone of voice, and body tensions.
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Being able to perceive visceral sensations is the very foundation of emotional awareness.
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If a patient tells me that he was eight when his father deserted the family, I am likely to stop and ask him to check in with himself:
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What happens inside when he tells me about that boy who never saw his father again?
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Where is it registered in his body?
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When you activate your gut feelings
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and listen to your heartbreak
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when you follow the interoceptive pathways
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to your innermost recesses—
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things begin to change.
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