By Winfried Wagner

In this quantity, 9 popular specialists delineate their theoretical or methodological method of Aikidô in potentiating confident dealing with of social conflicts. The authors depict the contribution of the japanese self-defensive paintings Aikidô to the speculation and perform of clash transformation. the idea that of Elicitive clash Transformation (Lederach, Dietrich) unavoidably demands a revised figuring out of utilized peace paintings and a brand new own profile of the clash employee. this is often the purpose the place Aikidô and conflict/peace paintings meet.

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With the heart one sees differently than merely with the eyes. Thus, there are more possible centralizations. I believe we have to assume at least a triple centering (see Wagner 2006): 1. The region of the lower abdomen is the sphere of our visceral-vegetative wellbeing and motion drive, in general the sphere of our vitality. g. “gut feelings”, “to feel gutted” or “hit below the belt”)7. Nevertheless it is worth looking at a few examples from the Japanese language (see Duerckheim 1977, 47-61; Suzuki 1993, 104-105): The Japanese word for belly is Hara.

These features represent vital 34 interpersonal messages, which are stored in our procedural memory as fundamental and vital parts of the RIGs. Thus, the spatio-temporal, tonic and affective characteristics of interactions – regardless of the content and the words – are organizational principles of communication and relationship throughout our lives. Therefore, people have at least two levels of communication: ➢ A sensory-tonic-affective level: This is the hidden basis of all communication, transmitted by the tonic-affective qualities of body-contact and expressional, non-verbal and paralinguistic features (which is related to Freud´s primary process mode).

According to him – and after the discussion in Chapter 1 not surprising for us –, the sensory-tonic field is modulated by the following dynamic features: ➢ temporal features: timing, duration and rhythm (→ attunement) ➢ spacial features: approaching (direction: towards) vs. distancing (avoidance, refusal; direction: away from) ➢ tonic features: the degrees and course of tension (intensity) ➢ arousal-affective features: the degree of excitation, of emotional intensity and quality. According to the German philosopher H.

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