The article presents aspects of the psychosomatic tradition and attempts to reflect on the duality generated between soma and psyche, which tends to overshadow the original unity from which these two entities can appear and be understood. Subsequently, it leads the reader to a critical comprehension based on Martin Heidegger’s hermeneutic phenomenology and Medard Boss’ dasensanalysis. Both the German philosopher and the Swiss psychiatrist dismantle not only the traditional view but also the concept of psychosomatics. They argue that the route of access to the phenomenon produces a dichotomy, which therefore proves itself necessary to be modified so that one can perceive what is at stake in terms of the body and of getting ill, i.e., the human existence which at all times reveals itself through bodying (Leiben), which is always gesture. The former means, in Heidegger, each human expression which is indistinguishable from their existence in the world as Dasein. Thus, this article contributes to the search of other fundamentals for the psychological practice in healthcare.
Psychosomatics; Tradition; Daseinsanalysis