II Structural aspects of time II.1 General aspects In order to describe the implications of time experience within the field of music therapy, I will first make some general remarks about time conditions. Whether you consider time in a biological, mythological, philosophical or psychological perspective, you will find a dualistic quality. On one hand, you’ve got a linear dimension of time, that is to say that events and states follow after each other in one direction. For example, human life follows that model, from birth to childhood to teenage, to grown up, to old age, to death. The image of an arrow represents that aspect. On the other hand, you’ve got a cyclical, rhythmical dimension of time, with periods that repeat themselves in a given pattern, like the seasons, day and night shifts, the frequency in the process of cellular reproduction, the alternation of waking and sleeping states, the heartbits, the time patterns for eating, working, religious ritual and so on.
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