9780881632972

The Musical Edge of Therapeutic Dialogue

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  • ISBN13:

    9780881632972

  • ISBN10:

    088163297X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-06-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Such nuances and shifts in the music of a patient's voice have long been familiar to clinicians. Indeed, as Steven Knoblauch observes, the music of psychotherapy has been acknowledged across a variety of theoretical orientations, from Freudian to self-psychological to interpersonal and relational perspectives. In The Musical Edge of Therapeutic Dialogue, Knoblauch provides a model of "resonant minding" in which the musical elements of speech become a major source of information about unconscious communication and action. More specifically, resonant minding, by distinguishing between discrete and continuous levels of communication, between the verbal and the musical, offers a way of accessing and affecting levels of unconscious interactive process by attending to the musical edge of dialogue -- provided only that we can hear it. Drawing on detailed clinical vignettes, he explores the shifts in musical expression across a sequence of patient-therapist interactions in order to show how the dyadic logic of mutual improvisation operates at the periphery to guide the continuous flow of unconscious communication and mutual regulation. In so doing, he provides a vivid sense of how the shifting movement of the patient's "solo performance" can be facilitated and enriched by the creative "accompaniment" of the therapist. Ultimately, Knoblauch argues, the music of therapy is not only another road to the unconscious, but one uniquely able to convey emergent meanings in a variety of domains, from conflicting cultural identifications to the experience of the body to the emergence of desire. His vision of mutual immersion in a shared "performance" aimed at fostering growth coalesces into a major contribution - at once evocative and clinically consequential - to the current movement to grasp nonverbal behavior and processes of mutual regulation as they enter into all effective psychotherapy.

Author Biography

Steven H. Knoblauch is a faculty member and supervising analyst at The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, all in New York City.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Listening to the Rhythm
1(16)
Listening to the Tone
17(16)
Improvisation and Accompaniment
33(18)
The Unspoken Dialogue
51(26)
From the Individual Notes to the Expanding Composition
77(14)
Mind Metaphors
91(16)
Play and Interplay: The Counterpoint of Subjective Bodies and Experiencing Desire
107(24)
Listening to the Dialogue of Harmony and Dissonance
131(18)
Coda
149(12)
References 161(8)
Index 169

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