A Room with a View:

 "thinking"in therapy

A room with a view: Thinking in therapy

On 31st of December 2013 I was on my way back from a trip overseas and as I approached boarding gate to embark, I stopped at a newsagent and purchased five different newspapers including a French and Spanish Edition of El Pais and Italian Corriere della Sera.

To my delight on page 17 of Corriere della Sera, I found a dear friend – we have known each other since my undergraduate years when my fascination with emotions were top item agenda of my psychology degree. Subtitle of the article were stating that “le emozioni non sono nel cuore” –accompanied by a beautiful sketch of Da Vinci on human body.

The article, a simple summary of findings from recent (then) research by a group of researchers in Finland aimed to produce a map of emotions with precise location on human body whilst dismantling belief that emotion and specifically love is located within human heart. The team of researchers led by Lauri Nummenmaa, published their study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) the following year in January issue of that publication. Over 700 participants from three different locations reported associations of various emotional states with topographically distinct and culturally universal physical sensations.

It were as it still is a wonderful research that opens up and connects so many ways of thinking and or about “thinking” on how emotion is experienced, bringing to light experience on how specifics can be linked and connected. 

At first read the above experiences would have nothing in common and yet, during that time, I was in training in both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and both long term and brief psychodynamic therapy, learning and practice applying theory such as W. R. Bion on linking and thinking (analytically). I have no doubt that reading that article had a great influence on my future choices and as such this  blog aims to reconnect that experience with potential future choices, reasons for one decision over another - not certain to what degree all such happenings are related, but they clearly are. In therapy such connections are important and this is just one example over many.

A theory of thinking

...xxvii. An important function of communications is to achieve correlation. While communication is still a

private function, conceptions, thoughts, and their verbalization are necessary to facilitate the

conjunction of one set of sense-data with another. If the conjoined data harmonize, a sense of truth is

experienced, and it is desirable that this sense should be given expression in a statement analogous to a

truth-functional statement. W.R. Bion (1962) p. 310