To seize the other. An interview to Vittorio Gallese

Author/s Pietro A. Cavaleri
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2011/2
Language Italian Pages 7 P. 27-33 File size 301 KB
DOI 10.3280/GEST2011-002003
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"To see" is to activate the visual organs, whereas "to look" at someone means "to catch" them, to start an open relationship with them. We see not only by means of our eyesight, but also through our touch, our hearing, our actions. By isomorphism we do not mean reproducing a structure, we mean "catching" a body which feels emotions. Emotions have evolved as means of interpersonal negotiation. Experiencing emotions is not only "feeling" oneself, it is feeling while expressing oneself. We need to look at the human being starting not from the brain, but from the whole person. The identity of a person is the result of a process of "building together" in which the other plays a fundamental role. If the other is missing, everyone’s capacity of defining their personality is maimed.

Keywords: To look, to grasp, to feel, to express oneself, emotion, person.

Pietro A. Cavaleri, Afferrare l’altro. Intervista a Vittorio Gallese in "QUADERNI DI GESTALT" 2/2011, pp 27-33, DOI: 10.3280/GEST2011-002003