Gendlin-style "Focusing", explained with non-flowery terminology

  1. Wow. This is very fascinating and enlightening to read - because I am 100000% a frontal cortex "feeler", which leads to me not fully feeling or understanding what or why I'm feeling the way I am, I just know that it's unpleasant and I try to find a solution - which could be negative like smoking cigarettes, to calm myself, or positive like to take a shower and cry, etc. And as a result, the root of the unpleasant feeling doesn't ever get addressed because I'm overwhelmed by trying to feel because I don't know how to process with my emotional/limbic part.

  2. I think you've done a brilliant job translating Focusing into language that might appeal to the more analytically-minded. In fact, I'm impressed by how much of the theory you've been able to integrate into this description and find new ways of articulating it, including a lot of Gendlin's philosophy of the implicit. And I think you've conveyed the important caveats that Gendlin and Cornell tried to convey in their work, like the importance of patience and compassion. I hope others find this post useful and are encouraged to look into Focusing more in-depth if it resonates with them. It's a rich and rewarding practice that I think would be a useful addition to anyone's therapeutic arsenal.

  3. Thank you for this, this is very interesting. I bought the Focusing book several years ago and basically couldn't figure it out. This is really helpful in understanding.

  4. I think you're hard on mindfulness. Saying hallo to your emotions or being willing to receive them without judgement is the same kind of receptiveness and self compassion that allows and promotes the release of emotions and their flow through other parts of your consciousness. Mindfulness has been used successfully to treat addictions for example. Acknowledging that smoking/drinking/whatever doesn't taste or feel good is how mindfulness works. Quitting is then a natural consequence if you "wish". It only doesn't burden you with expectations/punishment/fear of failure....etc and the unnecessary stress that goes with it (the type that traumatized you in the first place)

  5. Thank you so much for this post, it's really helpful. It sounds a lot like Somatic Experiencing therapy which I've been trying for awhile now. It often frustrates me when my therapist asks me what I'm feeling, or what sensations I'm feeling in certain parts of my body because I often don't know or can't think of any words to describe.

  6. Wow. Amazing, thank you for translating this from flowers into words! This is a gift, I have been taking time to do internal work and finding this has blown my mind. It’s exactly the thing! The thing I really need right now ☺️🦋🌈 many thanks, bless your hands for typing this for us.

  7. I was reading an article by Gendlin, "When You Feel the Body From the Inside, There is a Door" then I wanted to learn more and searched and found this post. The whole story seems disappointing to me right now. I hope maybe I'm just missing some articles that would explain it.

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