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How to develop awareness: logotherapeutic skills

How to develop awareness: logotherapeutic skills | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
What are logotherapeutic skills? How can these skills be practiced and sharpened?
To be human, says Frankl is to be conscious. What are humans conscious of?
We can divide this in a very general way into awareness of self and awareness of other.
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Still Point: Spirituality 13: Learning by Imitation

Still Point: Spirituality 13: Learning by Imitation | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
At the beginning of our lives I believe we all learn quite a bit by imitating the example of others, especially those of significant others in our lives. However, learning by imitation is a two-edged sword, because we also learn the faults and errors of our teachers as well as their good qualities and good habits. ...
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Stressed and Depressed, Koreans Avoid Therapy

Stressed and Depressed, Koreans Avoid Therapy | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
More than 30 South Koreans kill themselves every day, but Koreans would rather consult a fortuneteller, shaman or pastor than see a shrink.
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Bringing Therapists to Patients, via the Web

Bringing Therapists to Patients, via the Web | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Psychiatry through a video connection was pioneered several decades ago. Today, start-up companies are trying to popularize therapy over the Internet.
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Still Point: Spirituality 10: The Ego

Still Point: Spirituality 10: The Ego | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
As I have explained many times before in these pages, one meaning of the word "Ego" was given by Sigmund Freud, its being one of the three constructs in his structural model of the psyche. In that model the ego, or conscious self, tries to mediate between the instinctual drives of the ID and the moral remonstrations of the Superego or conscience. I have described this structural model of the psyche or soul or mind here: Freud's Structural Model. As I reflect on this I am reminded that this structural model has a parallel story or even paradigm in Plato. I wonder was it from there that the founder of psychoanalysis got his inspiration for his structural model. Anyway be that as it may, Plato told the following story: ...
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An Anatomy of Addiction - By Howard Markel - Book Review

An Anatomy of Addiction - By Howard Markel - Book Review | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
An absorbing account of how cocaine affected the careers of Sigmund Freud and the pathbreaking American surgeon William Halsted.

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Less than a month later, Freud was writing to Bernays about the many self-experiments in which he had swallowed various quantities of the drug, finding it useful in relieving brief episodes of depression and anxiety. Later, he described how “a small dose lifted me to the heights in a wonderful fashion. I am just now busy collecting the literature” — in German, French and English — “for a song of praise to this magical substance.” ...
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Society for Humanistic Psychology: Couch Wars: Does One Form of Psychotherapy Work Better Than Another?

Society for Humanistic Psychology: Couch Wars: Does One Form of Psychotherapy Work Better Than Another? | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
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The Dodo.Is there a "dodo-bird verdict" effect in psychotherapy?
Soon after Alice descends into Wonderland in Lewis Carroll's novel, she and the Mouse, the Duck, the Eaglet, and the Lory find themselves competing in a race with no clear beginning or end. A half-hour later they ask the organizer of the event, the Dodo, to name a victor. The bird mulls it over and then proclaims, "Everybody has won, and all must have prizes."
For 75 years, the same dictum has been applied to the study of psychotherapy: Alice and the animals are like patients who each choose their own form of treatment and find their own path to happiness. It doesn't matter which style of therapy they get, Freudian or cognitive-behavioral or interpersonal, because in the end, everybody feels better. ...
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"Depression" in 20 words or less | The Icarus Project

"Depression" in 20 words or less | The Icarus Project | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Icarus forum member maamyyrä curated a collection of writing about "depression" from this forum thread and put the words together with images. It's a big download, but worth it!

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Twenty Words or less booklet -
http://www.theicarusproject.net/files/twenty_words.pdf
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When children try to tell

When children try to tell | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
I’ve asked author Jane Rowan to join me in exploring some issues surrounding child sexual abuse. Jane’s book The River of Forgetting tells her story of painfully accessing her history of child sexual abuse and healing through a therapeutic relationship with a gifted helping professional. Jane chose Authentic Movement, art and journaling to help her heal.

My memoir, Confessions of a Trauma Therapist is, as you know, my account of how my lost memories surfaced and how I healed through yoga, Focusing, psychotherapy and journaling.
Our books are complementary. Two different stories of two women who became outwardly successful in spite of the depression and anxiety they suffered inside.

Telling is a subject that intrigues me. Why is it so terrifying to tell the secret we’ve carried for so long and that we kept secret even from ourselves. Where does all this fear originate? What happened in childhood when we tried to tell? ...
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Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Meds in Greek Translation - Οδηγός Μείωσης της Βλάβης για τη Διακοπή των Ψυχιατρικών Φαρμάκων | The Icarus Project

Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Meds in Greek Translation - Οδηγός Μείωσης της Βλάβης για τη Διακοπή των Ψυχιατρικών Φαρμάκων | The Icarus Project | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Οδηγός Μείωσης της Βλάβης για τη Διακοπή των Ψυχιατρικών Φαρμάκων
Harm Reduction Guide To Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs & Withdrawal
Ο 40τετρασέλιδος οδηγός του The Icarus Project και του Freedom Centerσυνοψίζει τις καλύτερες πληροφορίες που βρήκαμε και τα πολυτιμότερα μαθήματα που πήραμε σχετικά με τη μείωση και τη διακοπή των ψυχιατρικών φαρμάκων. Περιλαμβάνει πληροφορίες για τα σταθεροποιητικά της διάθεσης, τα αντιψυχωτικά, τα αγχολυτικά σκευάσματα, τους κινδύνους, τα οφέλη, τα εργαλεία ευεξίας, τη διακοπή των ψυχιατρικών φαρμάκων, πληροφορίες για ανθρώπους που παραμένουν στη φαρμακευτική αγωγή τους, λεπτομερή ενότητα με βιβλιογραφικές πηγές και πολλά ακόμα. Μια προσέγγιση ‘μείωσης της βλάβης’ δεν σημαίνει ότι είσαι υπέρ ή εναντίον της φαρμακευτικής αγωγής, αλλά ότι υποστηρίζεις τους ανθρώπους να παίρνουν τις δικές τους αποφάσεις, βρίσκοντας ισορροπία ανάμεσα στους κινδύνους και τα οφέλη που ενέχονται. Ο οδηγός έχει συγγραφεί από τον Will Hall, με την ερευνητική υποστήριξη ενός 14μελούς Γνωμοδοτικού Συμβουλίου επαγγελματιών και 24 ακόμα συνεργάτες συμμετείχαν στην επεξεργασία και στην επιμέλεια του. Όλος ο οδηγός έχει φωτογραφίες και ζωγραφιές, καθώς και ένα όμορφο πρωτότυπο εξώφυλλο που ζωγράφισε η Ashley McNamara. ...
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Group Consciousness

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I believe that you, dear human reader, have a stream of conscious experience. There is something it is like to be you; you have (as we call it) "phenomenology". Your dog does too. Maybe even the ants in my backyard. ...
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Questioning

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Great Questioners: Socrates, Frankl, Jesus and Little Children
This was the heading of the conference topic given by Dr.Paul Welter.

The funniest thing is the truth, he said. ...
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CFP: Acknowledging Powerlessness, Twelve-Step Spirituality

CFP: Acknowledging Powerlessness, Twelve-Step Spirituality | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Acknowledging Powerlessness:
Philosophical Perspectives on Twelve-Step Spirituality
Over the last fifty years,

Twelve-Step programs have had a profound impact on culture world-wide. But these programs have not received much attention from...
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Developing Person Centred Approaches in Schools

Developing Person Centred Approaches in Schools | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
by Pippa Murray and Helen Sanderson

This resource has come about in response to the learning of schools that have been involved in the person centred transition review programme. As these schools extend the delivery of person centred reviews, they find they are making changes to all aspects of school life. For example, alterations to lesson plans allow for preparation for reviews to take place and cross curricular teaching methods enable a creative approach.
The resource outlines many examples of such changes. In addition to the specifics of reviews, enabling all students participate in their review has highlighted the necessity of taking an individual approach to teaching and learning. We address some of the challenging questions practitioners are asking and bring together some of the innovative practice we have seen over the past few years. We aim to support those people facilitating change in mainstream and special schools. The examples we show have been developed as the result of the learning needs of particular children. They will work for other children, but they will not be appropriate for all children. We invite you to think about how you could make appropriate resources to meet the needs of individuals and groups you work with.

http://www.helensandersonassociates.co.uk/media/54489/developingpcapproachesinschools.pdf
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Temenos Conference Presentation: Max Hope

Temenos Conference Presentation: Max Hope | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
A way of being outside the therapy room? Exploring the potential of the person-centred approach in a wider context. 
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So, the presentation explored ‘wider applications’ of the person-centred approach (this a reference to bapca, who, thanks to Max, I discovered have a wider applications group, which I shall join tout suite) – again, some jottings and impressions: 
Non-directivity – not directing the education, like for instance, Summerhill (is this our ONLY example?), not compulsory lessons and so on – is important in therapy, but how does it work in organisations? 
Some things that are called ‘person-centred’ are not what we mean by pca (so, pc planning, care etc) 
"we don’t have a clear enough definition to challenge this language” (actually, I think we do, I think it is very clear and beautifully simple; the reason it hasn’t taken hold in education is that it would overturn everything that is currently understood as education... however, I think we could have an ‘in’ under the guise of enquiry-based learning, which is certainly at the centre of my university’s learning and teaching rhetoric (if not yet practice)).  ...
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Still Point: Spirituality 12: Massacre in Norway

Still Point: Spirituality 12: Massacre in Norway | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
When Evil is Unleashed

How does spirituality cope with evil, I ask myself, as I now read the on-line reports of the horrific massacre of innocents in Oslo, Norway and on the small and beautiful island of Utoya? I don't know at all. From this distance, it is perhaps difficult to understand the feelings of the relatives of the vctims, now 92 according to the 4 p.m. news on R.T.E., Radio one, who have perished at the unfeeling and indifferent hand of a deluded madman. It is almost a sin to write the suspect's name here. The ancient Jews deemed the name of God so sacred that they dared not write it. Perhaps we should deem the name of this mass murderer too demonic to be named. And yet as a rationalist and agnostic, I realise that after reading the heart-rending reports of some of the survivors from the idyllic island location, that my rationalism and agnosticism find it hard to get words of significance to carry the depth of the tragedy. Religious language in the foregoing lines are, of course, should it be needed to be stated here at all, mere metaphor. ...
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Still Point:Spirituality 11:Change

Still Point:Spirituality 11:Change | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Change

I remember reading in some philosopher or other, perhaps St. Augustine, that time is the measure of change. Going back to the pre-Socratic philosophers, Heraclitus used the metaphor of the river to speak of change thus: "One cannot step into the same river twice," or words to that effect. In other words, what Heraclitus seems to be suggesting here, later interpretations notwithstanding, is that, in order for the river to remain the river, change must constantly be taking place. Thus, one may think of the Heraclitean model as parallel to that of a living organism, which, in order to remain alive, must constantly be changing. Then, of course, there is the Hegelian model of change which is essentially a dialectical model of change that is based on the interaction of opposing forces. ...
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Living The Good Life According to Carl Rogers | Counselling Melbourne

Living The Good Life According to Carl Rogers | Counselling Melbourne | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
“The good life is a process, not a state of being.” – Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers, a pioneer in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, spent decades working closely with people. Through his experiences, he discovered four traits that seem to be common among people who are living “the good life” – people who find fulfilment and satisfaction in their lives.
Rogers considered “the good life” to be a process, not a destination with an endpoint. The four traits below describe processes that people strive toward rather fixed goals to be achieved. ...
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Logotherapeutic skills more than it seems

Logotherapeutic skills more than it seems | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
There exists a tension in logotherapy between the need to learn skills and logotherapy being a basic orientation to life. If it is a theoretical therapeutic approach, then like any other approach there are skills to be practiced and concrete tools to apply step by step. If it is an orientation then all there is to do is adopt a different orientation towards life.
The truth is more complex than this. Logotherapy is both made up of skills and comprises an orientation or way of looking at life. ...
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OUR INTERNAL WEATHER

OUR INTERNAL WEATHER | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Our feelings often cloud and also clear up. Therefore, if one is asked, "Please tell me how you feel, and express that as weather. How is your internal weather? Is it clear and sunny?" the person would focus automatically on his or her feelings, and might say something like, "It is not clear and sunny, um, it's cloudy, and it may start to rain." Even people who have difficulties getting in touch with a felt sense can respond to the question, "What is your internal weather?" When we are asked such a question, we begin to look into ourselves and try to express ourselves accordingly. "Weather" is a suitable form of expression because we are often influenced by the weather around us. It may be said that our internal weather is an expression of our experiencing.

My joint researcher, Ms. Yuko Dateyama, is an elementary school teacher who asks her students to observe and draw their internal weather daily. ...
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Question about Language - Sean Greenberg responds

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Wittgenstein would not, I think, recommend looking to a dictionary as a starting point, as Austin did, in part because Wittgenstein wasn't as interested as Austin in fine distinctions between the uses of words, although Wittgenstein was interested in drawing distinctions: a proposed epigraph for the Philosophical Investigations was a line from King Lear: "I'll teach you differences". Wittgenstein would, moreover, have rejected the very idea of a "generalised approach" to philosophical questions, and indeed, his notion of 'family resemblance terms', of which 'beautiful' and its cognates might well be an example, was, I think, introduced to undercut the 'craving for generality' that drives certain kinds of philosophical questioning. Ultimately, although Wittgenstein's approach to the kind of question that you are raising would differ greatly from that of Austin, both would, I think, have emphasized the great range of things that can be called beautiful, and indeed, after consulting the dictionary, you might just attend to the various ways that the word and its cognates can be used, which is at least a way into the nest of issues in aesthetics in which you seem to be interested.
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What is roots of empathy?

What is roots of empathy? | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Roots of Empathy has been called "Canada's olive branch to the world."[/b] A charitable organization, our mission is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. Our vision is to change the world – child by child.
Roots of Empathy is considered a model of social innovation. We have two programs: a flagship program of the same name for children in elementary school (Roots of Empathy) and its "younger sibling," a program for children ages three-to-five in early childhood settings Seeds of Empathy.

The Roots of Empathy program was founded in Canada in 1996 by Mary Gordon, an internationally recognized educator, social entrepreneur, author and child advocate, and today has reached more than 373,000 children worldwide. ...

http://www.rootsofempathy.org/documents/book/RootsofEmpathyBook_Chapter1-FromaTinySeed.pdf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_V2MO3xnOQ&feature=related
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Ann Weiser Cornell: July 19 2011 - Tip #289

Ann Weiser Cornell: July 19 2011 - Tip #289 | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
"Focusing makes it MORE difficult to communicate with other people."

Noa writes: "It seems that the more I do Focusing, the more I live in my own inner world, cut off from communication with other people. It's like I live in a different world from them, and I feel lonely and invisible. Focusing seems to make it more difficult to communicate with other people. Do you know what I mean?"

Dear Noa[/b],
It sounds to me like Focusing is helping you to discover the richness of your inner world. I know my own experience, when I first began to do Focusing, was astonishment that I had a whole world inside of me... my own opinions, my own reactions, my own points of view. Before that, I had mostly been following along with the people around me. ...
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Felt sense, insight, intuition, inner knowing & Eugene Gendlin's Focusing

Felt sense, insight, intuition, inner knowing & Eugene Gendlin's Focusing | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
What is a "felt sense"? This is something that happens really fast, in a blink, below the radar of awareness. Something that's in the same general category as a hunch, an intuition, a gut feeling.

I want to take a very down-to-earth example, one that is grounded in the realities of making money -- vast amounts of it, in fact: George Soros made billions of dollars through his ability to anticipate the fluctuations of the world's financial markets and to invest accordingly.  It would be interesting to understand what it is that has been giving him his edge, wouldn't it?

Chances are, if you ask George Soros why he did what he did on any given transaction, he will give you some logical-sounding explanations, and these explanations will probably make sense to you.  However, you get a totally different sense of the situation if you listen to his son describe how things happened: "My father will sit down and give you theories to explain why he does this or that.  But I remember seeing it as a kid and thinking, At least half of this is bull.  I mean, you know the reason he changes his position on the market or whatever is because his back starts killing him.  He literally goes into a spasm, and it's this early warning sign." (as reported by Malcolm Gladwell in "Blink")....
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There could be snakes in here: Critical Mysticism

There could be snakes in here: Critical Mysticism | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Eugene Gendlin (1926 - )

'Many philosophers avoid physics for fear of bringing reductionism into philosophy. They avoid human experiencing, for fear of bringing psychology in. Anything "ontic" threatens to bring alien explanations to philosophy. Heidegger knew better. Everything must be brought to philosophy, to questioning how it is thought, and to let it be differently...

My reform of phenomenology was not taken up. Of course I think: That is why phenomenology is rejected today. The popular assumption of neutral, uninterpreted "phenomena" had to fail. But the style has swung to assuming that all experience derives wholly from implicit assumptions breakable only by discontinuity. Either way misses the non-logical transitions.'


Philosopher of psychology and populariser of large Continental ideas. I concede that the first signs are bad: is it cultish? (check, the "Focusing Institute"); is there proliferation of self-help buzzwords? (check, "Thinking at the Edge") ; is there a free online library, and paid courses? (check). But his "philosophy of the implicit" is a development of Wittgensteinian themes, though what I've read seems a little simplistic, in need of sceptical trimming. (Particularly in his claim to be "beyond postmodernism".) This is perhaps inevitable


Autobio.
Intro piece.
Large archive.
Bit on the selfhelp side. (...)

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