Focusing is a practice developed from the Philosophy of the Implicit. The International Focusing Institute – Building on the work of Eugene T. Gendlin since . Focusing has ratings and 72 reviews. Steve said: For those of us who have to tend to the effects of complex ptsd the most difficult challenge is to c. Focusing may refer to: Adjusting an optical system to minimize defocus aberration ยท Focusing (psychotherapy), a psychotherapeutic technique.

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The content and theory is interesting and recognisable, but the form translation and a lot of repetition, also of the obvious communicative aspects make this book tiring. Gendlin views “gravity” as a concept and points out that concepts can’t make anything fall.

fodusing It may not work but it is not negative. Useful concepts derive from and are relative to this sense more than logical, intricate order, not the other way round.

Most of us are having to invent, discover and create the next steps of our lives without a light, a map, or a relevant tradition. He studied under Carl Rogersthe founder of client-centered therapy, at the University of Chicago and received his PhD in philosophy in The worldwide dissemination of Focusing has been facilitated by The International Focusing Institute [1].

Some parts of the book do feel quite dated; for example, he discusses how the place of women is shifting from housewife to something else, and he talks gwndlin “encounter” groups — both things that place it firmly in the s! Gendlin founded The Focusing Institute in now the International Focusing Institute to facilitate training and focjsing in Focusing for academic and professional communities and to share the practice with the public.

Eugene T. Gendlin

In this way you will find your own body’s steps, either through the instructions, or through what is wrong with them. The author was a colleague of Carl Rogers in the 50s focuxing 60s.

Still, every Focusing Trainer is deeply familiar with these six steps, and uses them as needed throughout a focusing session. Let the answers come slowly from this sensing.


We offer one approach here: I got incredibly annoyed at him going on about this ‘method’ for 50 pages without genclin it; skip to chapter 4 if you do too. I would not recommend this for people desiring to be more mindful or focused as there eugwne far better alternatives a While it is certainly good that psychology has learned about spirituality over the last decades, this book, however, is from and it shows.

Then ask it again.

You go no further, but you back up only a little, so that you gndlin until what is in the way becomes clear. It befriends and listens to “the body”, a term [that is used] comprehensively to mean the total brain-mind environment as we sense it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The classic guide to a powerful gdndlin for personal transformation Based on groundbreaking research conducted at the University of Chicago, the focusing technique has gained widespread popularity and scholarly acclaim.

Anything human involves more than one method. Highly recommend for anyone trying to “get in touch” with their subconscious, gendin their body. It’s an easy to learn method and doesn’t require a lot of a lot of complicated internal meditation. His acceptance of the need for science makes it easier to get at him than at other self-helpists, which makes me feel bad about getting at him and not them.

Indeed, every Focusing Trainer has his or her own yendlin of approaching it.

One often needs several attitudes at once. I thought maybe it would be a primer on extending and strengthening attention. Focusing is quite safe. Gerry and Judith from his first marriage with wife Fran; and a daughter, Elissa, with his second wife, Mary Hendricks-Gendlin.

Nothing woo-woo or spiritual or psycho-theoretical. Once you have the fuller felt-sense understanding, if you accept that felt-sense than it will change. Unfortunately the concepts are dated by today’s understands and capacities to connect on a deep level. Mar 07, Laura rated it liked it. It is from this felt sense that body shifts can arise.


Pretty revolutionary book for its time, and really does work if you let it. Some might find this dry and “common sense”, but sometimes we all need a reminder of how to stop and focus!! Therefore this knowledge, here, must arrange for itself to be superseded by you, as you sense for what feels sound, inside you.

The International Focusing Institute

This would be good and clean evidence that something real is involved. He then developed a way to teach people to refer to their felt sense, so clients could do better in therapy. An interesting approach for “self-therapy” that bears significant relation to later techniques that I am familiar with, such as body-centered meditation insight meditation, particularly as taught by Tara Brach and somatic experiencing therapy.

It helps to make the implicit explicit. It is so deeply experiential that to write about it and to talk about it seems difficult. Inhe was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the World Association for Person Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling and another lifetime achievement award was given to him that same year by the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy.

Focusing by Eugene T. Gendlin

Since focusing is by nature about a non-verbal felt sense, it’s difficult to describe. The analysis isn’t effective before these steps. Focusing [11] emerged from Gendlin’s collaboration with psychologist Carl Rogers.

Instructions may seem to diminish mystery and openness, although that is not so. Learn more about Focusing. Spring ValleyNew YorkU. Couples therapy Family therapy Psychodrama Sensitivity focysing. This was a quick read and a rather informative one. Retrieved 12 May One is that differences in therapy methods mean surprisingly little. Many of us don’t know how to open our minds to this information because it doesn’t follow the same logic as our cognitive mind.