Second Principle: Dedifferentiation, Personal Interaction and Sharing

  • Danilo Silva Guimarães
Part of the Latin American Voices book series (LAVIPH)


To approach a different cultural tradition, psychology must delve deeply into it, which in turn will produce changes in psychological concepts and methodologies themselves. Understanding the disquieting experience that emerges in intercultural experiences depends on the construction of a temporary ground of meanings for significant exchanges in the relation with the other. Participation in the cultural field precedes all else. To the psychologist, it is centered in the affective constructions of the referents that guide co-authored projects. This affective basis is central to creating collaborative actions and to producing knowledge committed to the communities. To create a ground for dialogue in the intercultural border, we need to co-elaborate the e extra-verbal aspect of communication, the whole of signification is in part perceived, in the words used in dialogue, and in part presumed, in the shared horizon of the speakers. In the relations between distinct cultures what is presumed/shared between the I and the other has become overburdened. It is therefore necessary to bring into light the gaps, to understand the processes that happen in the borderland where the other is unknown. This carries the potential for elaborating novelties in the temporality of the intercultural relationship.


Dialogism Extra-verbal situation Observant participation Perception Imagination Temporality 



This work is supported by FAPESP (grant number 18/13145-0).


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  • Danilo Silva Guimarães
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  1. 1.Institute of PsychologyUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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