The Psychological Structure of Corporeality



In the article, the authors continued to develop the concept of corporeality as the higher psychological function, and presented an original model of the psychological structure of corporeality, developed on the basis of a cultural-historical and phenomenological approaches. The need to create such a model is due to the ambiguity of horizontal connections and hierarchical relationships between various bodily phenomena. As the higher psychological function, corporeality should have an appropriate level structure within which it would be possible to qualify bodily phenomena. In the psychological structure of corporeality, we have identified the following components: the body image, the phenomena of body ownership and body agency, bodily functions. To distinguish these elements as separate taxonomic units, we turned to the results of empirical studies that use the clinical principle of double dissociation.

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Keywords: body, corporeality, body image, body schema, higher psychological functions

Journal rubric: Clinical Psychology

Article type: scientific article


Received: 19.03.2024


For citation: Butashin A.D., Ivanova E.M. The Psychological Structure of Corporeality. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2024. Vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 32–39. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2024200204. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Andrei D. Butashin, Postgraduate, Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution Mental Health Research Center, Medical Psychologist, Federal State Budgetary Institution V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Center for Psychiatry and Narcology, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena M. Ivanova, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Federal State Budgetary Scientific Institution Mental Health Research Center, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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