Unheard melodies: the “psychoanalytic function” of music listening in music therapy work


The paper focuses on the musical experience of the listening and, more specifically, the music listening in the music therapy setting. Starting from a psychoanalytic perspective on sound-music and from a psychoanalytically informed therapeutic approach, the idea of a “psychoanalytic function” of music is first proposed. This function implies that music allows the listener to establish a relationshipwith himself and his own inner world, to do conscious and unconscious psychological work with the evoked emotional experiences and to generate a personal symbolic meaning. Later, through the presentation Read more


Body-playing: sensory and bodily experience with training groups


In this article we’ll explore the sensory and body dimension in group process activated in training. With this contribution, we offer our reflections born within psycho- bodily sessions that we conducted as part of a wider educational project, divided into several groupal stages. In particular, our attention has been activated by the observation of how, in group setting, communication occurs not only through speech and listening, but also through the perception of non-verbal elements that can occur in a powerful way: sight and sense of smell, for example, may be preferred to hearing. As it happens through dreams, imagination and verbal communication, the unconscious expresses itself also through the body, through signs, movements, posture, tone, etc. .. In our experience, we meet body, through an analytic listening., this because we don’t consider body neither as a means of cathartic expression or as a producer of signals but as a potential creator of Read more