Defining The Conversational Model

Defining The Conversational Model

In ‘The Conversational Model and the notion of Self. lecture, Emeritus Professor Russell Meares introduces us to the genesis of the Conversational Model that has its fundamental core built around the notion of ‘personal being’ or ‘Self’. He explains how different forms of conversations generate different brain states that in turn sustain and underlie different kind of consciousness fostering fundamental changes.

In ‘The Metaphor of Play’, Russell Meares introduces us to the genesis of self and its development from birth until the age of 4 to 5. He explains the different forms of language during that period leading to the organisation of the Self. He stresses the importance of early language of play between mother and baby. In this conversation “coupling, amplification and representation” are essential elements leading to the emergence of ‘self’ as a self organising system. Persons who have been through early damaging experiences like sufferers from Borderline Personality Disorder are able to develop attachment but fail to develop intimate relationships. The Conversational Model fosters the emergence and the ability for the development of this form of relatedness.

In ‘Uncounscious Traumatic Memory’ Meares describes the Conversational Model as a system which involves the coordination of two systems: One of self and the other of trauma. Those who suffered early developmental trauma have a system of self that is stunt and stifled, this reflected in a peculiar form of conversation that Meares calls chronicles and traumatic scripts.

In ‘Therapeutic Principles’ Russell Meares describes how the therapist’s immersion into the reality of the patient allows a different form of engagement and relatedness. Through what he describes as “Coupling, Amplification and Representation“, moments of aliveness are allowed and potentiated. Through that process the patient’s traumatic script changes into a narrative of selfhood with its dualistic and reflective consciousness that, after what Pierre Janet described as the liquidation of trauma allows the emergence of the fluidity of the stream of consciousness.
In ‘Traumatic system’ Russell Meares  introduces us to the two states of being the ‘Consciousness of self‘ that is large, involving freedom in time and space and the ‘Trauma system‘ that is intrusive, lived  in the present, automatic, triggered by external as well as internal events over and over again .  He also discusses new concepts like Reversals,  Expectational fields,  Attachment to the trauma.

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