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Embodiment Theory

  • 1.  Embodiment Theory

    Posted 08-11-2020 17:42

    Dear Colleagues,

    A couple of months ago I interviewed Amanda Blake, author of Your Body is Your Brain, for the e-co coaching program at George Washington University led by Ina Gjikondi. Mandy is an expert of embodied awareness and transformation in coaching and this is where I first learned about the importance of embodiment work.

    Today I attended an amazing session hosted by the Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) division at the Academy of Management titled "Embodied Insights: Broadening the Scope of Management Research with a Bodily Lens (session 426)" and learned about the importance of understanding and working with embodiment not only at the personal level but also how it relates to organizational work with diversity, organizational trauma, and social change movements such as Black Lives Matter.

    I was particularly intrigued by the concept of disembodiment, which is normally treated as a pathological response to trauma, but as something I see as a positive outcome of spiritual practices where one loses a sense of self.

    I've never attended an MOC session before and was really inspired to see the many possibilities for connection between their work and our work in MSR. One particular research question might be from a positive psychology, or positive organizational psychology point of view about the impact of healthy disembodiment (expansion beyond "self") experiences in leaders and how these experiences might support organizational transformation.

    I'm pretty devoted to MSR sessions, but I found it very inspiring to attend a different division's session and to see that even if they use different language and different methods, they are grappling with some of the same important questions - in this case questions about the mind-body connection.


    Judi Neal Ph.D.
    Edgewalkers International
    (479) 871-9116

  • 2.  RE: Embodiment Theory

    Posted 08-12-2020 23:19

    Thank you Judi for the recommendation of embodied theory!

    I recently read a paper titled "Sensemaking from the body: An enactive ethnography of rowing the amazon" at AMJ, very close to the point you made.

    I think the paper got an award at the OMT division during AoM these days as well.

    It's a nice piece on the embodied theory.




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