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    Living with a body separate from the self. the experience of the body in chronic benign low back pain: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Osborn, M. and Smith, Jonathan A. (2006) Living with a body separate from the self. the experience of the body in chronic benign low back pain: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 20 (2), pp. 216-222. ISSN 0283-9318.

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    Abstract

    This paper presents an in‐depth, idiographic study exploring the personal experience of chronic benign low back pain in relation to the participant's body and sense of self. Semi‐structured interviews were conducted with patients and the resultant transcripts subjected to interpretative phenomenological analysis. One theme is presented in detail: ‘Living with a body separate from the self’, whereby when out of pain the body has little salience to the self yet when in pain it is consciously excluded from the self. The complex and paradoxical relationship between the body, chronic pain and the self is explored and evidence is provided to argue that the embodied unpleasantness of chronic pain involves an assault upon and a defence of a preferred or desirable self. The results are considered in relation to relevant themes in the extant literature.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2020 11:13
    Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 11:28
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/31077

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