Addressing the Adlerian Concept of Organ Jargon in Psychotherapy: The Use of Yoga as a Therapeutic Tool to Treat Depression

Adler‘s concept of organ jargon suggests that a person‘s mental state is manifest both in physical posture and bodily expression. The concept of emotional embodiment is also found in the ancient tradition of yoga. By definition, yoga means yolk or union of the body and the mind. Depression separates an individual from joyfully participating in life, with others, and with self. The widespread use of psychotropic medications for the treatment of depression does little to address the whole being. This paper recommends yoga as a complimentary therapeutic tool for treatment. Specific yoga practices are presented.

Renee L. Segal
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