The article offers some thoughts on the sound, rhythm and music as a means of communication that are of specific value in the development of the relationship between mother and child as well as in the relationship with patients early traumatized. The author connects the concept of transformational object (Bollas) to focus the value of the dynamic process of the relationship with the object whose sound exchanges represent an important moment, assuming that they can contribute to the construction of the child's inner world; the "maternal function of sound presentation" can contribute in a aesthetic way to formation of it. The sound can play a function of third in the relation between mother and child; it has a role in the experience of the baby's self-recognition in the mirror at the "mirror stage", because the sound of maternal voice helps to give a three-dimensional quality to the recognition of child’s image. Some clinical examples provide stimulus for reflection to the role of non-verbal communication and sound memories during analytic sessions, which gives a unique and powerful way to contact otherwise inexpressible experiences.
Keywords: Sound, tuning, transformative object, preverbal, sound mirroring, sound presentation function
Clelia De Vita, Sound reflections of the Self. Considerations on rhythm, sound and music, from the first interactions to the consulting room, in "INTERAZIONI" 1/2015, pp. 75-91, DOI:10.3280/INT2015-001007