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Focusing and Dreams, May 7th and 8th 2016, Athens | Ελληνικό Κέντρο Focusing

Focusing and Dreams, May 7th and 8th 2016, Athens | Ελληνικό Κέντρο Focusing | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Teresa Dawson, Switzerland Certifying Coordinator of the International Focusing Institute 32 years of professional experience in working as a psychotherapist in Zurich and teaching Focusing, TAE and Focusing [...]...
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BODY DREAMWORK Eugene T. Gendlin Introduction

Dream interpretation is famously controversial. There are many theories, and even practitioners of the same theory usually differ about a given dream. The mere dream report cannot be interpreted without the participation of the dreamer. But the dreamer's interpretations are not reliable either.

The purpose of Freud's free association and Jung's daydream was to engender something to break through “directly from the ‘unconscious.'” Working with the body is a further development of their methods.

The body responds to attention. With a little training people can learn to put their attention inside their bodies and to let a physical quality come there. What comes might be expansive, or constricted, heavy, jumpy, or no word for it, just . . . this quality.

Then, if the person thinks of something else, the quality changes. The body responds with a uniquely different quality to anything, whether large or tiny. The question How is my life going these days? will bring a unique bodily quality, but so will noticing this little crease on the dress.

If one attends in the body and awaits a unique quality until it actually comes, then little steps come from it. They can answer questions.
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Focusing-oriented dream work Mia Leijssen

Focusing-oriented dream work

Mia Leijssen

This article is published: Leijssen, M. (2004). In R. I. Rosner, W. J. Lyddon, & A. Freeman (Eds.), Cognitive therapy and dreams (pp. 137-160). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

1. Introduction

This chapter illustrates how working with dreams therapeutically can be enhanced if the cognitive
approach is complemented with the experiential approach. More specifically, the chapter will
introduce to cognitive therapists the technique of Focusing for use in cognitive dream work.
Focusing has been a major innovation and advancement in both client-centered therapy and
experiential psychotherapy (Gendlin, 1973, 1981). The person most responsible for introducing
and championing Focusing is Eugene Gendlin, and this chapter draws extensively on Gendlin's
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