Developing Proprioceptive Body Awareness in a Dialogue Circle

By Chris Francovich.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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Dialogue is a much debated, contested, and interpreted idea that can be understood as a constitutive element of human experience spanning the radically subjective and phenomenological to the social, historical, and political. This article explores dialogue from the perspective of individuals within a small dialogue practice group with a focus on their conscious learning of the skill of proprioceptive bodily awareness. The practice of purposeful dialogue discussed here offers practitioners a way of relating to each other and themselves that has the potential for significant transformation of normal patterns of communication and self-reflection. The overarching goal of this dialogue practice is to facilitate a creative, honest, and deeply engaged communication of perspectives. Postmodern and poststructuralist theorizing about identity, multiculturalism, and power; the rapid increase in global trade, migration, and outsourcing; and the explosive growth in social tools are creating conditions that both afford and require effective, sensitive, and open-minded human relations. Results of this qualitative study indicate that this type of focused dialogue practice can result in increased awareness of automatic body states which in turn inform relational dynamics in a positive way.

Keywords: Consciousness, Conditioned Behavior, Self-Consciousness, Trust, Dialogue, The Self, Group Process

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.13-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 407.117KB).

Chris Francovich

Assistant Professor, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, USA

Chris Francovich is assistant professor in Gonzaga University’s doctoral program in leadership studies. Chris’ work focuses on the dynamics of the self-in-society and the implications of this interpretation on ethical, normative, and cultural practices. He is currently studying and researching narrative and the influence relationships between settings and people. Chris’ completed his undergraduate education at Gonzaga 1980 with business degree and an Ed.D from Boise State in 1997. His intellectual passion is interdisciplinary studies. Chris is also a senior research analyst for the Northwest Regional Faculty Development Center in Boise, Idaho. This work involves understanding individual and cultural aspects of post-graduate medical education in ambulatory medical clinics. Chris is also a research associate with the Reina Trust Building Institute of Stowe, Vermont. The Institute is devoted to building and sustaining trust in the workplace.