1_a) Reflective Listening

  • My partner Ali and I took part in the reflective listening exercise – our topic of conversation was based on the question, ‘how do you imagine yourself in 20 years?’ I thought this exercise was extremely thought provoking as it allows you to focus on aspects of your own listening and empathetic aptitude when positioned in a one on one conversational scenario. When in conversation you’re attempting to listen and periodically provide positive reinforcement/feedback while trying not to take the lead or take over the conversation; but trying almost only to facilitate its general direction. I thought as a team Ali and I did quite well and our conversation/discussion was great. By listening attentively you were able to grasp the conversation better and evidently, provide a more positive and concise response that would further reinforce and direct the conversation along. As a team we discussed the outcome, personally I felt I was more comfortable listening, but when I spoke I felt more alive and happy. As a shy person I tend to listen more, more so in group/communal scenarios; my voice or opinion is often not heard so it was exciting to engage and provide my own perspective and feelings. As a team we thought that in that small eight-minute block you were able to learn the angle of the person quickly and empathize and relate well. Ali provided his own quote to summarize – ‘a highway to the person’s inner thoughts.’  

b) Defamiliarisation of Everyday Reality

  • The second task was interesting as well. More so because it hit close to home. I use to work in Circular Quay so that particular platform where I was supposed to visualize myself on is where I use to arrive to via train. The view to the quay, the wharf below and the train station is an all to familiar place. The act of catching trains is familiar to; I catch the trains daily as a means to get to and from work and university. Standing there at the station brought on a sense of familiarity, as there is an attachment to work and travel. There was a sensation of awkwardness as well. Standing alone, looking around trying to pass the time by finding things to distract your attention to rather than the time. Concurrently, there was a sense of excitement and happiness as the observation of water; the ship and the noticeable landmarks made me feel connected and inspired by the beauty of the location. The physical sensation was interesting. My legs felt heavy because I know all too well the feeling of standing for long periods of time waiting for the arrival of public transport. Fast passed thinking occurred as everything hit me at once – my subconscious surfacing memories and my consciousness registering familiar objects so that I can pass the time.

c) Experience Modelling

  • The third exercise was great. From this task you get to grasp pretty quickly to the importance of colour and sound. They are tools to recognizing environmental surroundings and the processing of information about location and about your own sense of familiarization. Sound and colour are integral. Especially at a train station setting. You can tell a train is on its way instantly by the sound it creates on the tracks, the screech that is heard as the breaks are applied. Colour also, with regards to the train itself. The iconic blue and yellow colour of the logo/decal as it emerges from the tunnel. The colour of the tactile mats and texture of the concrete and steel housing of the train station itself. The plastic wrap that was applied to the safety glasses was a good model for demonstrating this unfamiliarity of the senses in familiar settings. The blur and darkness of the objects (tables and chairs) made it familiar to avoid. The sound of the fan, my own footsteps, the voice of Ali and of the sound my clothes brushing along objects made the unfamiliar perspective more familiar as I navigating my way through. As a summary your senses are integral to recognizing situations and environments. Through our senses we are able to connect and experience the unfamiliar at a more tangible level.


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