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The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE by Diane Brennan, Leni Wildflower

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chapter TWENTY-SEVEN

Coaching and the Body

Terrie Lupberger

Mr. Duffy . . . lived at a little distance from his body.

James Joyce, “A Painful Case,” 1914/1993, p. 104

The way we shape ourselves will have people move towards us, away from us, against us, or be indifferent to us.

—Richard Strozzi-Heckler, 2007, p. 91

When it comes to the body, we adorn it, feed it, exercise it, rest it, nip and tuck it—but don’t always acknowledge the impact it has on who we are in the world. Science is now proving what we’ve intuitively known for centuries—that our physiology influences our learning, thinking, and actions. As far back as the time of the Greek philosopher Socrates, but especially in recent centuries, the western world has privileged a particular ...

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