Chapter published in:Controversies in the Contemporary World
Edited by Adriano Fabris and Giovanni Scarafile
[Controversies 15] 2019
► pp. 161–177
Listening to the other
A way to change
The listening process is the object of the present work. I start from the definition of listening, and then, I expound on its development by referring to studies about fetal auditory perception and to the first experiences of intersubjectivity (Trevarthen, 1998, 2001, Ammaniti & Gallese, 2014). Thereafter, I examine processual aspects through a psychological interpretation of “The Arabian Nights”, from which I take inspiration in identifying the defining elements of listening as a communicative dimension that, for Self and Other changing, is understood as intentional intersubjective practice, activated in a somewhat implicit way. The theoretical framework of this work is infant research (Beebe & Lachmann, 1994; Reddy, 2010), whose studies concern the child’s emotional and affective development, evaluated with dynamic constructs (Stern, 1985, 2005; Winnicott, 1965, 1988; Sanders, 1985, 2007).
Keywords: process, dialogue, changing, intersubjectivity, intentionality, time
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