Work in the field of infant research touched on questions of great relevance for psychoanalysis and stimulated theoretical, methodological and technical progress in psychoanalytically oriented relational psychotherapy. In particular, infant research collected plentiful evidence of the idea that the infant is active from the very beginning of life in the process of meaning making through perceptive modes acted in interaction with the infant’s physical and social world. But the role of perception as basic process of meaning making has not been studied in the psychoanalysis of the background relation. The aim of this article is to highlight at epistemological level the central role of perception for the emerging meaning making processes in infants and adults. The A. presents a theoretical methodological reflection on the relation between perception intention and interaction. To close the A. presents a technical suggestion for the use of perception inside the clinical situation of psychoanalysis of couple relations.
Keywords: Cooperative assessment, interaction, meaning making, perception, Rorschach