All The Way.

Migrations Europa Exchanging.

The ability to create social relationships is dependent on our skills in verbal and non-verbal communication. Allegrante researched into the theory of an Italian scientist who discovered the “mirror neuron system”, also called MNS (Gallesse at al; 1996 Rizollatti at al.1995, Rizollatti at al 2005). The principle theory of MNS is that through witnessing another’s action the same motor neurons are fired as if the witness was making the movement him/herself. The MNS process is responsible for our ability to feel empathy towards the other person. The empathy which the human being is able to feel from the perspective of the body is called kinesthetic empathy. In order to describe the definition of kinesthetic empathy Allegrante refers to the Fausto-Sterling theory, which explains kinesthetic empathy as a way of focusing our biological awareness in relation to the other person.[1] Kinesthetic empathy is the commonly-used term by researchers but Allegrante personally prefers to use the term kinesthetic inter-subjectivity, as she believes that from the linguistic point of view empathy can be read as too much of a one–side relation. [2]

“Understanding inter-subjectivity as a kinesthetic and corporal process highlights intra-activity – how we can dynamically shift between me and not me, and how we are both within and part of the world in our improvised becomings” [3]


[1]    Allegrante On Writing Families p.65

[2]    Ibid.

[3]    Ibid.

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