Feeling the music of the speech

Implications for empathic understanding and Focusing

March 06, 2021 4:00 pm


  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Geographical target: Global
  • Host/Presenter:  Salvador Moreno-López
  1.  In his seminal work, Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning (1962), Gendlin says that “Some feelings are expressed along with intellectual content, others by silence or gesture or voice quality. They are not “conscious” most of the time, but they are not unconscious either.” (p. 81, emphasis ours). In your everyday life and as a Focusing companion, how do you attend and register in your experiencing the client’s tone or what might be called the music of his/her speech? How do you express from your experiencing through the music of your speech?

Since the precise symbolization of the felt sense is critical to the process of personal change, how do you know when that kind of symbolization comes through the therapist’s and client’s tone of voice? How does your own felt sense come into play during the therapeutic work through the music of the speech and how does it enable you to work more effectively with your clients?

Questions we might explore together are:

  • How do I attend to the experiencing that I feel when I listen to the voice, the music of the speech, of a person?
  • If I let myself feel in my body other person’s music of her/his speech, how does that help me to understand her/him better?
  • How does my own speech music affect the way the other person resonates with what I say to him/her when she is doing Focusing?
  • How does the music of my speech come into play to express my empathic understanding to another person, or to facilitate a precise symbolization in a Focusing process?

Other issues and ideas may emerge from our mutual exploration during the meeting.

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