Abstracts of issue 22 (2015)

Dora Psaltopoulou-Kamini

The lingual relationship in Music Therapy

Music is structured as a language. In the music therapist – client interactive setting a lingual (verbal or non-verbal) relationship is created similar to the mother – infant primary lingual relationship, which is very important for the structure of the inner self, the further development of the human being and the anamorphosis of the inner self.

Quantitative research has shown that music therapy contributes to the improvement of a person’s psychosomatic condition, regardless of his / her pathology or / and participation in other types of therapy. In addition, it has been shown that with music therapy, the more severe the initial condition, the more improvement there is. The explanation seems to lie in the fact that, on one hand, the music therapist is specially trained to focus on the sonic pulse of that which is heard or not heard, and to respond to it musically, and, on the other hand, the client is given the tools to non-verbally express that “which cannot be said”.

In music therapy, through this interactive lingual relationship, which is build with meaning in every moment of the session, a child can be introduced to the discourse and move on to self anamorphosis. Clinical excerpts illustrate the issue.

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