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On ‘being faceless': selfhood and facial embodiment

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For most people a sense of self includes an embodied component: when describing our selves we describe those aspects of our physical bodies which can be easily codified: height, hair colour, sex, eye colour. Even when we consider ourselves we tend not to consider our intellectual cognitive characteristics but our describable anatomy. Wittgenstein's dictum, ‘the human body is the best picture of the human soul’, is relevant here but I would like to go further: the body-part we feel most embodied in is our face, even though it is difficult to describe and so forms little part of how we describe ourselves to others.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Poole Hospital, Poole BH15 2JB, UK.

Publication date: 01 May 1997

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