Listening with the body

This month the CPOS reading group will be reading about and discussing one aspect of the countertransference - physical reactions. Such reactions can range from being almost imperceptible to being so distracting that they generate considerable anxiety. The paper we are reading, Listening with the Body: An Exploration in the Countertransference (Field, 1989), discusses three types of embodied countertransference: sleepiness, erotic and sexual arousal, and fear. Mirroring the questions explored in this paper we might ask: What do our physical reactions during organizational interactions mean? Do they convey something about "what it's like to work here"? If so, how might they inform our approach to studying and intervening in organizations?