Author(s): Johnella Bird
Talk That Sings introduces Johnella Bird's Relational Linguistic Practice. Through privileging people's words, experiences and meanings, she demonstrates how subtle shifts in language can create profound change.
In Bird's first book The Heart’s Narrative she uses the description ‘Talk That Sings’ in an attempt to highlight the therapeutic endeavour of finding and creating language that closely represents people’s experiential lives. Bird was also trying to find the language that accurately described the experiences she had had in therapeutic relationships. However, the process of finding language provided only a temporary resting place to experience the living applicability of this language. Bird was particularly drawn to extend and enrich the language she had previously used to describe the construction of the relational ‘I’. This involved naming the numerous technical skills to generate a sense of agency, movement and change. Although Talk That Sings extends the description of the clinical work, it complements rather than surpasses The Heart’s Narrative.