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The art of dialogue: Tapping into personal and group wisdom
by Southall, Lee B., Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2007, 167; 3268237
Abstract (Summary)

This research project was a phenomenological study with heuristic inquiry that explored if participation by four women and four men in a dialogue group over an extended period of time enriched their lives and added new meaning and perspectives to their life experiences. The study participants' interviews were organized by four general study focus areas: (1) What have you learned in your dialogue group? (2) How has "life" shown up in the dialogue group? (3) How do dialogue principles transfer into your life? and (4) Have you applied dialogue in your life? If so, how? From the data analysis, five essences with specific descriptors emerged: (1) authentic engagement (three descriptors—speaking from the heart, sharing from the deepest level, and respect for self and other), (2) active/deep listening (three descriptors—shutting down internal chatter, mindful speaking, and silence between speakers), (3) building rewarding relationships (three descriptors—connections to self and others, sharing personal meaning, and releasing fears), (4) exploring and expanding worldview (two descriptors—gaining new insight and tolerance for new ideas), and (5) creating openness (two descriptors—sense of safe space and where the "I" and "You" and/or the "I" and "We" meet). The utility of the five major essences show that the contributions are socially relevant as the findings indicated that dialogue and the dialogue process over an extended period of time leads to dynamic sharing between and among individuals on topics from the micro (personal) level to the macro (societal) level. However, dialogue is not a "cure all" for all organizational challenges and conflicts as there may be people who are not willing to engage in a dialogue. Thus, a conversation is suggested as the first step that may lead to dialogue and the dialogue process. Key categorization words for this PDE are dialogue, dialogue process, relationships with self and others, authentic engagement, building relationships.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Williams, M. Willson
School: Union Institute and University
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 68/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Occupational psychology
Keywords: Connectedness, Dialogue, Group wisdom, Personal wisdom
Publication Number: 3268237
ISBN: 978-0-549-07332-1
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