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Authentic Human Life is the Open-ended Dialogue

Article "Becoming Dialogical: Psychotherapy or a Way of Life? By Jaakko Seikkula University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Date:   6/15/2016 10:39:57 AM   ( 6 y ) ... viewed 1283 times

October 25, 2020 - Authentic Listening Based Therapy -

".... Conflict is the direct result of broken communication, which starts with misunderstandings resulting from listening’s poverty. Without listening, there is no empathy."[4[


The above quote adds light to the understanding of the "New Medicine" in regards to the "shock-conflict" of the "DHS" - an unexpected moment often experienced through hearing shocking news that leaves one speechless!

June 15, 2016 -

I've just started to be introduced to the work of the Finnish psychotherapist Jaakko Seikkula by way of his article on Becoming Dialogiic.[1]

I can't tell you how validating this is for me now. I have blogged on dialogue before with a quote of Dennis Klocek. The article I'm reading now adds considerable substance to the ideal of dialogue!

" I see it, dialogue is not a method; it is a way of life. We learn it as one of the first things in our lives, which explains why dialogue can be such a powerful happening. Because it is the basic ruling factor of life, it is in fact
very simple. It is its very simplicity that seems to be the paradoxical difficulty. It is so simple that we cannot believe that the healing element of any practice is simply to be heard, to have response, and that when the response is given and received, our therapeutic work is fulfilled (Seikkula & Trimble, 2005). Our clients have regained agency in their lives by having the capability for dialogue."

"The mind is a continuous initiating and responding of voices speaking to each other. Voices are the speaking personality, the speaking consciousness"[2]

"... authentic human life is the open-ended dialogue. Life by its very nature is dialogic. To live means to participate in dialogue: to ask questions, to heed, to respond, to agree, and so forth. In this dialogue a person participates wholly and throughout his whole life: with his eyes, lips, hands, soul, spirit, with his whole body and deeds. He invests his entire self in discourse, and this discourse enters into the dialogic fabric of human life, into the world symposium."[3]

December 9, 2016 -

In my pocket calendar I also quoted Seikkula:
"... Nothing more is needed than being heard and taken seriously and it is this which generates a dialogical relation. And when - after a crisis - we again return to dialogical relations, the therapeutic task is fulfilled because agency is regained."

Dyads give form to the dialogical "spirit" so that all which needs to be expressed can be heard!



[2] (Bakhtin,1984; Wertsch, 1991) as quoted on page 9 in "Becoming Dialogiic".

[3] Bakhtin, M. (1984). Problems of Dostojevskij’s poetics: Theory and history of literature (Vol. 8). Manchester, England:
Manchester University Press - quoted on p. 13


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