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Raja Selvem05-19-22 THE PRACTICE OF EMBODYING EMOTIONS: A Guide To Improving Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes

In THE PRACTICE OF EMBODYING EMOTIONS: A GUIDE TO IMPROVING COGNITIVE, EMOTIONAL, AND BEHAVIORAL OUTCOMES (North Atlantic Books, March 2022, Paperback), Raja Selvam, psychologist and creator of Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP), draws on this research to develop a comprehensive program for embodying emotions that can be used by professionals and lay people alike. In this groundbreaking work, Selvam offers an accessible summary of the latest research coupled with simple but effective exercises for putting emotional embodiment into practice. As we grapple with the emotional upheaval from the pandemic, political polarization, and uncertainty about the future THE PRACTICE OF EMBODYING EMOTIONS offers cutting-edge help at a time when we need it the most.

Integral Somatic Psychology™ (ISP™) is an effective somatic psychology approach that helps clients achieve optimal mental health by fully embodying their emotions.

ISP has been developed to shorten therapy times and improve diverse outcomes (physical, energetic, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, relational, and spiritual) in all therapy modalities including body psychotherapy systems such as Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.It can also be taught to clients as a self-help tool for healing, and for enhancing their lives.

In his new book, Raja Selvam, psychologist and creator of an innovative new therapeutic modality, draws on the latest science to show how embodying emotions leads to better mental health and well-being. He also offers key embodiment practices for regulating emotion that we need more than ever as stress from the pandemic and its fallout skyrockets.

When difficult emotions like anxiety and sadness take hold, we can easily begin to feel overwhelmed. Traditional approaches focus on shifting our mental state, but cutting-edge research has shown that emotions involve our bodies as much as our minds. Regulating them then should take an integrative and whole-body approach.

RAJA SELVAM, PhD, is the developer of Integral Somatic Psychology, an approach based on the paradigm of embodied cognition, emotion, and behavior in cognitive and affective neuroscience. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and a senior trainer in Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing program. Dr. Selvam has taught for 25 years in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. His work is informed by diverse disciplines, mainstream modalities of psychoanalysis and Jungian psychology, body psychotherapy approaches of Bioenergetic analysis and Bodynamic analysis, bodywork and energywork systems of biodynamic craniosacral therapy and Polarity therapy, affective neuroscience, quantum physics, yoga, meditation, and Advaita Vedanta. Selvam’s work includes the 2013 “Jung and Consciousness,” published in Spring; the 2008 study “Somatic Therapy Treatment Effects with Tsunami Survivors,” published in Traumatology, on the outcomes of  working with Indian survivors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; and leading international teams of mental health professionals to work with  survivors of war, violence, and loss in Sri Lanka after end of the civil war in 2009, from 2012 to 2014

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