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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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This paper examines the role and significance of kinesthetic empathy through a framework modeled in Dance/Movement Therapy. With the innate capacity to connect with others, understand ourselves in greater depth, and learn about the world around us, this paper argues for the human importance of creating empathy in intersubjective dynamics and relations, for the betterment of all parties involved. A system of phases is proposed which includes biological and psychological factors to create a model for intentional kinesthetic empathy. The model looks at empathy through the lens of kinesthesia, as the most authentic way to create this empathic potential to be used as a learning tool.

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