chapter  6
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Somatic Symptoms: Conversion, Psychosomatic, Somatic Action, and Somatic Memories

B o r n equal ly of m u t e d fear a n d hope, every psycholog ica l ly based s y m p - t o m gives disguised voice to the feelings it hides. A s y m p t o m b o t h reveals a n d conceals, m a k i n g very obvious to others w h a t one is h i d i n g f r o m oneself, cont inual ly engaging what one attempts to flee. T h u s , every sympt o m is a secret h i d i n g i n the open, a w a y to obscure f r o m the self that w h i c h eventual ly becomes very evident. A s y m p t o m is an answer to a quest ion its creator has not dared ask consciously, a story l ine w i t h its o w n d e v e l o p m e n t a l h i s tory , its o w n p s y c h o d y n a m i c s c e n a r i o , w i t h mul t ide termined defensive (repetitive) and compensatory (developmental ly restitutive-reparative) intentions. Every s y m p t o m embodies the hope of t a k i n g uncertainty out of the future by freezing t ime, us ing a m o d e l of the past. T h e b o d y is a R o r s c h a c h onto w h i c h fantasies, meanings , a n d significance are projected, both as a surface and as a cavity ( D i m e n , 2000) . A s an idea as w e l l as a fact, the b o d y is container a n d c o n d u i t of the e m o t i o n a l .