Prosody and musicality in psychotherapy: psychodynamic and neurobiological view.

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Κατεύθυνση Ψυχοδυναμική Ψυχοθεραπεία σε Ιατρικό Πλαίσιο
Library of the School of Health Sciences
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Papadopoulou Panagiota-Elli
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Λαζαράτου Ελένη, Καθηγήτρια, Ιατρική Σχολή ΕΚΠΑ.
Αγγελόπουλος Ηλίας, Καθηγητής, Ιατρική Σχολή ΕΚΠΑ
Χατζησταυράκης Γιώργος, Διδάκτωρ, ΕΚΠΑ
Original Title:
Η προσωδία και η μουσικότητα στην ψυχοθεραπεία: ψυχοδυναμική και νευροβιολογική οπτική.
Translated title:
Prosody and musicality in psychotherapy: psychodynamic and neurobiological view.
The psychoanalytic process is characterized by a verbal-hermeneutic side, as well as a non-verbal side. This non-verbal side shows some characteristics, one of which is that of musicality. Musicality is something one can observe in the prosody of the voice of the analyst as well as of the patient. The prosody refers to the rhythm, pitch, intonation of the sound of the voice and it usually reflects many characteristics of the speaker such as the emotional state he/she is found and it also conveys the meaning in a sentence.
The purpose of this essay is to explore the way the musicality produced by the analyst or the patient can be connected to a theoretic formulation of a “psychic coordination” among the analyst-patient pair and this can promote the establishment of a therapeutic relationship. A hypothesis could be that as in the mother-infant bond, there is a “co-ordination” in a psychic preverbal level, maybe something analogous to that could occur in therapy where a primal psychic part of the patient is co-ordinated with a primal psychic part of the analyst (and vice versa) through the “musicality” of their relationship. It will be explored if in a neurobiological level, mirror neurons play an important role for promoting this co-ordination. A connection of psychoanalytic meanings to neurobiological findings will be tried through a literature review of psychoanalytic as well as neurobiological essays concerning the musicality in therapy so as to investigate the “psychic coordination”. A clinical case will be mentioned in which a change in the attitude of the therapist could have an influence in a better psychic connection between the therapist and the patient. A question also emerges concerning this nonverbal musical communication and if it plays an important role in non-neurotic personalities where speech does not have a particular symbolic dimension and so through the musicality a more secure investment in therapy could be promoted.
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Health Sciences
Prosody, Musicality, Psychodynamic, Psychotherapy
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