Philosophical practice allows one to dialogue, not in the same way as one does in everyday life, but in a particular way. It is a dialogue in which one is attentive to the interlocutor, to his ideas, to his reasonings. It is a discussion that is quiet and gives time for thought to unfold.
Dialogue is a form of thought game, with its rules, which are more or less arbitrary, but with which it is possible to play. This is what allows something to happen: we play the game and we can give it meaning. It is a risk-taking, a challenge, when it is taken up, which brings joy and dynamics. You discover your limits and strengths. There is also confrontation with others and with oneself, with the frustrations that this can entail. This results in efficiency and performance.
Regular practice allows the subject to train skills and to think clearly. It is a question of making an objective and conscious vision of the world, in which subjectivity finds its place naturally. We then realize that what we take for granted requires regular exercise like a sport for the muscles or a crossword puzzle for the mind. A skill can be useful for its own sake, such as argumentation, but it also contributes to a better structured mind and to a better understanding of how we think.
The work of philosophy practice consists of exercises that focus on certain skills: argumentation, conceptualization, problematization, questioning and critical thinking, for the most important ones at the cognitive level; posing, being attentive and flexible at the psychological level. In about ten sessions, we can see the effect of this work on the subject’s general functioning: he knows himself better, he is less emotional, he makes conscious choices, he has authentic relationships with others.