Embodied Awareness: Neither Implicit nor Explicit, and Not Necessarily Nonverbal


concerning this article should be addressed to Alan Fogel, Department of Psychology, University of Utah, 390 S. 1530 E., Room 502, Salt Lake City, UT 84112; e-mail: alan.fogel@psych.utah.edu.


Abstract— This article offers the concept of embodied self-awareness (ESA) as a contrast to parental embodied mentalizing, which is presumed to be implicit and outside awareness. ESA, which consists of awareness of both sensorimotor and emotional states, is essential for all forms of human development and self-regulation and is learned via mutual embodied attunement in interpersonal relationship. Failure to develop ESA reflects a dissociation from the experience of living in a human body and is symptomatic of attachment problems and a wide variety of physical and psychological disorders that may be remediated through clinical practices that enhance embodied awareness.