ABSTRACT

This article discusses the sensing dimension of experience and its implications in the experience of otherness. By exploring the ideas of appearing, figure formation, consciousness, corporeality, expression, movement, and otherness, a dialogue is developed with Gestalt therapy to contribute a broader understanding of sense as of a common ground. This conception is expressed in the notion of pathos, which is carefully discussed in terms of field, contact, and self theory. The original connection with the world as a state of undifferentiation is the realm of aesthetical experience. We live an aesthetic experience whenever and wherever there is sensory-motor integration. Consequently, movement and expression unfold as spontaneity from which we can meet and feel with the other. This conception has important implications for Gestalt therapy's clinical practice, which can be seen as an empathic encounter with the other.

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