Social reality reflected

In philosophical counselling the relationship is that of two persons sharing a mutual interest in common (re)search. The socially shared reality that counsellor and client create together never existed as such before. Counselling conversations take a different form with different personalities.

 

Consider an apple in the middle of the room and ask the people sitting around it what colour is it. Some of them say red, some say green, whereas others say both red and green. All of them are right, but at the same time the statements create controversy. Controversial statements open up a door to confronting shared realities.

 

Nelson Goodman (Ways of Worldmaking, 1978) calls different perspectives "frames of reference". "If I ask about the world, you can offer to tell me how it is under one or more frames of reference; but if I insist that you tell me how it is apart from all frames, what can you say?"

 

Our view of reality is always personally and culturally biased, and there is no perception without conception. A social reality is created by sharing these views and designing a process for further clarification.

 

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