The author expresses his appreciation for Bucci’s work and focuses his reflection on a key aspect of the referential process: the passage from the sub-symbolic to the non verbal symbolic. In the author’s opinion this passage coincides with the birth of consciousness starting from the substrate of the relational dance. This article tries to provide a concrete, or better embodied, basis to consciousness and its emergence, differentiating it from the generic mental activity that we call cognition. In the emergence of consciousness from play we can locate the deep meaning of the non verbal interactions in psychotherapy as well as the construction of the psychological organism. At the end of a complex path that includes Edelman’s primary consciousness and the study of Lakoff and Johnson’s primary metaphors, the author returns to Bucci and acknowledges his basic agreement with her.
Keywords: Edelman, primary consciousness, primary metaphors, enactment, relational dance, constructivism