During the early 1960’s, Dr. Eugene Gendlin, a philosopher/psychologist at the University of Chicago, and Carl Rogers, renowned humanist psychologist, researched why some people succeed in therapy while others fail. Based on intensive analysis of hundreds of therapy sessions, they found that the people who succeeded, slowed down their speech, paid close attention to their vague inner bodily sensations, and took the time to let the meaning of those sensations emerge. (Gendlin coined the term “felt sense” to refer to those inner sensations.) In contrast, clients who stayed “in their heads” analyzing their problems or who merely recalled and re-experienced certain emotions without tapping into their direct bodily experience did not succeed in psychotherapy. Based on his findings, Dr. Gendlin developed a system for teaching people how to do what the successful therapy clients did and named this process Focusing. He broke the process into a number of steps, which he described in his book, Focusing (1981), which has sold over half a million copies and has been translated into seventeen languages. More than 100 research studies have shown that Focusing is teachable and effective in many settings. To learn more about Focusing, attend a workshop, or find a practitioner, click on the menu options above.
With sadness, we announce the passing of our Founder and friend, Gene Gendlin.
December 25th, 1926 – May 1, 2017
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