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The link between psyche and soma…

March 2, 2009

I am reading Winnicott’s Human Nature at the moment as I am interested in learning more about how psychological distress expresses itself in phsycial symptoms. In this book Winnicott takes us on a painstakingly detailed review of the early (infancy to 5 years) development of a human child and in the process discusses how a sense of body self and a sense of psychological self are intertwined.

So when I saw this article on the BBC this morning, I understood it as confirmation of Winnicott’s point:

Unhappy children are more likely to grow up to become adults who are permanently sick or disabled, a UK study has suggested.

The King’s College London-led research looked at over 7,100 people born between 1950 and 1955.

Researchers found those described as “miserable” or “unhappy” by teachers were five times more likely to be off work through ill-health in middle age.

They said these children were also likely to be more prone to depression.

The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, involved thousands of children who grew up in Aberdeen in the 1950s.


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