Life is interaction. No organism exists in and of itself or could survive without interacting with its environment. Human beings are, of course, no exception to this rule. In fact, as we are a social animal, we are more dependent on interaction than just for the basic necessities of survival. Much of this happens at an implicit level. This does not make it any less powerful, far from that.
This is a topic that therapists have been exploring for a long time. The phrase “implicit relational knowing” refers to the way babies “know” how to watch and respond to their mothers: this is an implicit learning process, as opposed to cognitive learning. By extension, the phrase also refers to the way human beings implicitly update their database of experience throughout life.
But the implicit relational knowing is not just what happens at the individual level, or in a dyad. Since it is such an important characteristic of how our mind functions, it also manifests in other interactions. At the level of society as a whole, it could be called the collective implicit.
So this project is about exploring the relational implicit through the perspectives of relational psychotherapy and embodied attachment. See :
– The felt sense, or how we experience the somatic implicit. See also related conversations & articles.
– The “shared implicit“, i.e. how the felt sense experience unfolds in a shared field. See also related conversations & articles.
– The “collective implicit“, as it accretes from the many experiences of shared implicit that occur in society. See also related conversations & articles.
– Knowing, and how we strive to make sense of experience: related conversations & articles.