Living with Disembodied Self: the Experiences of Numb Body due to Central Nervous System Disorder Shiori Sakai 1 1Faculty of Health Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University Keyword: しびれ , 身体 , 現象学 , 経験 , 中枢神経障害 , numbness , body , phenomenology , experience , central nervous system disorder pp.132-140
Published Date 2017/12/31
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 The purpose of this study is to reveal descriptively how a numb body is experienced, proceeding from the fact that it is expressed as “like living in someone else's body.” I employed phenomenological methodology conceptually grounded in Maurice Merleau-Ponty's body theory to analyze and describe participatory observation records obtained from four participants experiencing numbness due to disorders of the central nervous system. The results showed that experiences involving the dysphoric sense of living in someone else's body comprised: changed bodily responses caused by the numbness; a sense of instability due to the capacity to act not being guaranteed from one day to the next; and living daily life in a body that was no longer their own spontaneously moving body, but instead a body that was instructed to move, requiring them to issue instructions to his or her own body. This study concludes that, whereas the participants had previously felt a physical certainty that they existed as an embodied self, body numbness was an experience that caused that certainty to waver. It suggests that through assisting patients with daily routines one can take an interest in their physical experiences and think together with them about the body. In this way it is possible to bring the numbness that was previously thought to be known only to the patient closer to a level at which it can be disclosed to others.

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