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In this article, the authors retrospectively analyzed the different modalities of prenatal fetal experiences delineated in different picture books from the perspective of developmental and “kansei” psychology by utilizing the six characteristics of experiencing proposed by Gendlin (1961). The results suggested the possibility of experiences of emotions in unborn children that are elicited without clear emotional experiences.
We retrospectively analyzed the different modalities of prenatal fetal experiences delineated in different picture books from the perspective of developmental and “kansei” psychology by utilizing the six characteristics of experiencing proposed by Gendlin (1961). The results suggested the possibility of experiences of emotions in unborn children that are elicited without clear emotional experiences. The study also indicated possible prenatal fetal experiences similar to internal working seen in the focusing process in which one refers directly to the felt-sense. These findings have implications for the experiencing theory advocated by Gendlin (1961), which could also be applied to unborn children. Furthermore, the results emphasize the importance of the mother’s voice and belly-touch for her unborn child because the unborn child might gain fundamental experiences for conceptualization and symbolization during the prenatal period. These results provide further support for the “experiential psycho-development theory.”
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