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Fam Process. 1999 Fall;38(3):371-85.

Physical "phantasies" and family functions: overcoming the mind/body dualism in somatization.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa, Iowa City 52242-1009, USA.


In this article, we examine some of the ways in which family therapists have conceptualized the experience of illness of unexplained physical origin. We argue that opinions about the etiology of somatic symptoms should not be the primary focus of therapeutic work with people who share the prototypical characteristics of what has been defined as "somatization disorder." We suggest that current research in neurobiology can expand the linguistic resources of clinicians and help them avoid perpetuating unhelpful dichotomies between the mind and the body.

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