An Embodied-Socio-Psychological Perspective in Health Psychology?
Article first published online: 2 MAY 2011
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Social and Personality Psychology Compass
Volume 5, Issue 5, pages 220–230, May 2011
How to Cite
Santiago Delefosse, M. (2011), An Embodied-Socio-Psychological Perspective in Health Psychology?. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5: 220–230. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2011.00345.x
- Issue published online: 2 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 2 MAY 2011
The author introduces an alternative perspective to the biopsychosocial model in health psychology. In the first part of her article, she presents the major critiques levelled at mainstream research in health psychology. In the second part, she reviews fundamental studies on the place of emotions in corporeality, then studies that are more psycho-socially oriented and focus on the relationship between health and the social. This literature review shows the necessity of an alternative perspective. The Embodied-Socio-Psychological (ESP) perspective which is presented here is based on a historico-cultural and developmental approach, drawing from Wallon and Vygotsky’s work and supported by current research in neuroscience on mirror neurons as well as by early interaction psychology. The ESP perspective enables accounting for the articulation between embodied emotional development and the development of superior psychological functions within the social and cultural field; during the crisis of serious illness, this articulation is strongly disrupted in its embodied emotional, embodied social as well as socio-psychological foundations. This perspective proposes going beyond a notion of the ill human being as a juxtaposition of BPS variables, in order to account for the complementary, indissociable and complex articulation of the corporeal, the social and the psychological. It refers to a theoretical approach that is clearly psychological and no longer anchored in a biomedical definition.