About the Chairs

About the Chairs

The two chairs placed in a 45o angle represent a meeting of two people sharing intimacy and relational freedom. They are part of an original logo that had two parts, a stage and the chairs.

The stage represents the “stage of life” where we live. This original designed was developed by aboriginal artist Bronwyn Bancroft in 1991. It depicts:

The two chairs represent two people in the relationship who are able to openly communicate with each other as well as having the freedom to expand their own thinking, believes and interests without the other person feeling rejected. This is what martin Buber calls I and Thou relationships. This is the goal of Relationship Capital.

This sitting differs from two people sitting one in front of the other that can represent intimacy as well as confrontation. When in intimacy the two are enjoying closeness and togetherness while both share the same thinking or believes but if one ventures into new horizons, desires to expand his/her paradigms the other may feel threatened or rejected. The rupture of the relationship is often sudden with feelings of anger, resentment and pain. This is very common how partnership, marital relationship starts where both parties enjoy mutual joy but this if fractured when one of them ventures into new horizons. It’s also very common in politics and religion. It’s what Martin Buber calls I and I relationships.

Other types of relationships are represented by two chairs side by side, the focus its outside, like watching a movie in a theatre. There is not much communications between the two. Parallel lifes.

 

And two chairs back to back represents mutual disconnection, ignoring one another.