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Many are the teachings of the reformulation that are satisfied to simply forward basic and blurred repetitions which begin with the famous egocentric introduction: "If I well understood...".

But reformulation can be something totally different...

[edit] Define Reformulation

Although this is obvious, it is useful to say loud and clear that reformulation is not a repetition of a phrase. Repeating is not reformulating.

[edit] "If I well Understood" = a Repetition and the Announcement of the Interpretation

Those who did not understand... will continue to teach and practice the famous "if I well understood" to start a sentence which is supposed to be a reformulation. With the beginning of a sentence which is egocentric, the message forwarded is a worry regarding a possible interpretation.

The under-text of a "If I well understood" is something like this: “Have I well understood what you have just said, what you are waiting for, because since I am not sure and I like well understanding, I repeat...”

The risk is to quickly irritate, at least.

[edit] Paraphrase Reformulation

Let's begin by paraphrasing a reformulation, or reformulate "re-formulation". To reformulate means "to express differently". And what should be express differently? The message. The message which has two aspects: the content and the form.

A restitution of one of these two aspects of a message is a partial reformulation.

Thus, to express differently, it may be useful to use some rhetoric concepts:

  • Allegory
  • Analogy
  • Metaphor
  • Paraphrase
  • Paradox
  • Pleonasm
  • Tautology...

It is also important not to polarize on the verbal language. We can also think that the reformulation can forward:

  • From a verbal formulation in a non-verbal reformulation;
  • Someone says he suffers and he receives in return a mirror expression;
  • Someone says he wants to leave. The different formulation could be for example to signify the departure with a gesture synchronized with a facial expression;
  • A non-verbal formulation is restored verbally;
  • To put into words the attitudes and behaviors of one of the interlocutors.

In this way, the richness of this technique becomes more interesting and what Jean-Louis Lascoux has named Othercentrism.

What can be expressed differently is what is said, done, shown, etc...

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