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Investigating the Origins of Body-Disownership: the Case Study of the Gulag

In: Journal of Phenomenological Psychology
Author: Yochai Ataria1
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  • 1 Tel-Hai Academic CollegeIsrael
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Abstract

This paper describes the phenomenology of the prisoner in the Gulag. In this extreme situation, the prisoner is reduced to the body-as-an-object and, as a result, develops a strong sense of hostility towards the body. In cognitive terms, this mechanism can be defined as body-disownership.

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