The Embodied Mind


  • Helen Resneck-Sannes



attachment, Bioenergetics, brain, embodied, empathy, mirror neurons, neurobiology, trauma


Focus is on the salient aspects of neurobiological research, which are relevant for psychotherapy and particularly for Bioenergetics. This research concludes that the brain informs the body and the body in turn informs and sculpts the brain. The implications of this finding are discussed in relation to the Bioenergetic theory of character development. A brief overview of the anatomy and functions of the brain is presented with references to theories regarding the processing of traumatic memories. Finally, a more in-depth analysis of some of the findings from neuroscientific investigations are summarized regarding how empathic interactions between caretakers and infants build neuronal structures in the sensory motor areas of the brain.

Author Biography

Helen Resneck-Sannes

Helen Resneck-Sannes, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Santa Cruz, California. She is a trainer for the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis, has led training groups in California, Canada, Germany, and New Zealand, and has taught at Antioch University and the University of San Francisco. She has published in the field of psychology and has written a memoir about coping with her father's Alzheimers, Father's Rooms.
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How to Cite

Resneck-Sannes, H. (2022). The Embodied Mind. Bioenergetic Analysis, 17(1), 39–56.