Multiple levels of interaction in therapeutic communication. Theory and basic research

Author/s Wilma Bucci
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2015/3
Language Italian Pages 16 P. 9-24 File size 87 KB
DOI 10.3280/RPR2015-003002
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Starting from a description of the personal experience that prompted her to develop her model the Author presents the cornerstones of her multiple code theory, revised and updated with the most recent findings from cognitive sciences and psychotherapeutic models field. The qualities characterizing the three main levels of the human emotional information processing - sub-symbolic, symbolic non-verbal, symbolic verbal - and the multiple modality specific codes through which is experienced the interaction with the world are described. Within this new theory of mind crucial clinical concepts and processes are defined as the emotion schemas, the typical interactive sequences from which they emerge and their reactivation in the therapeutic communication, the interactive and internal processes that conduct to the persistence of the painful emotion schemas or to the continuous modification of those promoting the subject’s wellbeing. Finally, the Author describes the referential process that connects the various levels of emotional information processing in the everyday contexts as well as during psychotherapy, where circularly three typical phases follow one other - activation, symbolization and reorganization/ reflection. The Author concludes by highlighting the eminently embodied and relational nature of this process, as well as its risks and paradoxes.

Keywords: Multiple code theory, referential process, emotion schema, embodied communication, emotion change

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