Expos Writing Waking Up to the Sound of Dialogue

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Waking Up to the Sound of Dialogue In “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday”, Martha Stout develops a communication process between her and her patients that matches the dialogue format Deborah Tannen highlights in her essay, “The Roots of Debate in Education and the Hope of Dialogue”, through the differences between men and women, the discovery of personal identity, and the polarity of public and private thinking. Stout does, however, achieve the “dialogue” differently than Tannen perceives people should go about to achieve a world with less debate, defending Tannen’s beliefs but challenging her methods. Tannen’s argument against debate is simple. She states that “Disagreement and verbal attack are encouraged at meetings, under the guise of challenging assumptions and fostering creativity. But in reality, … what is fostered is dissension” (Tannen 417). As a clinical psychologist, Stout conjures discussion with her patients rather than create hostility through objectivity and debate. Criticism or lack of shared emotion with the patient would make Stout’s role as a clinical psychologist only damaging. By working together with the patients, Stout can come to a revelation and draw conclusions based on the patient’s information in order to work towards consolation or even treatment options. However, the questions that Stout asks her patients are not those that appeal to emotions. Her objective questions build on top of the patient’s recollections. She asks Julia in a conversation over her dissociation, “You said the dinner was the last thing you remembered before you woke up this morning. I thought it might be important. What did Elaine say about Peter?” (Stout 392). Stout’s objective question generates a very in depth response from Julia, as well as an opportunity for Stout to determine Julia’s dissociation during the dinner she had. While Tannen criticizes teachers who ask only objective questions towards students, Stout depends on the patient’s response to her general
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question to discover emotional aspects and discover a problem or a solution. Dialogue depends on the respondent, not the facilitator, and therefore Stout’s method of dialogue differs from Tannen’s perceived process. Tannen’s perceived process of debate and dialogue between men and women differs from
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