Speaking and Listening in Racial Relations


  • Maria Cristina Francisco




body, listening, speaking, racism, breathing


Racial issues are increasingly visible in current times and it is essential to speak and listen to the body in relationships, in the face of the suffering caused by racism. Racism causes suffering and can kill. There are many ways to kill and die. The breath and throat are affected by choking or muting the voice, the vehicle of expression and autonomy of thought. Racism is in the air and all bodily senses recognize it. It enters the throat and chokes. It touches the skin and freezes. Racist ideology enters and roots the body and the mind. It registers internal memories that will communicate in gestures and attitudes in the white body and in the black body. In society, the white body will present itself as a place of privilege. Listening attentively to the analyst in race relations involves listening to oneself, being involved in the context, and recognizing the relationship of these socially marked bodies that solidify inequality. Listening is the art of caring, as it leads to transformations toward the rescue of free movements of the breath, the body and the mind.

Author Biography

Maria Cristina Francisco

Maria Cristina Francisco, CBT, is a clinical psychologist. She is a member of IABSP (Sao Paulo Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis); member of the Brazilian Biosynthesis Institute; member of Institute AMMA for Psyche and Blackness; member of the FLAAB (Latin-American Bioenergetic Analysis Federation). She was awarded the prize for best social work for the project “Meeting Point - between Black women and men” at the 24th IIBA International Conference in Toronto, Canada, in 2017.She is the author of the book Black Eyes Crossed the Sea - The Black Body on Stage in Bioenergetic Analysis and Biosynthesis.
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How to Cite

Francisco, M. C. (2021). Speaking and Listening in Racial Relations. Bioenergetic Analysis, 31(1), 9–21. https://doi.org/10.30820/0743-4804-2021-31-9