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Hula Hooping

Hula Hooping | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
The hula hoop has re-emerged as a dance, a form of exercise, and entertainment. There is even an International Holiday World Hoop Day. Hoopers perform body tricks, hand tricks, use large hoops for slow hooping, fire hooping and glow-in-the dark hoops for night hooping. Hooping is all over the internet, there are clubs, groups, and fitness classes.
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A scientific attitude (after positivism)

A scientific attitude (after positivism) | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Robson (2002, p.18) makes a case for rejecting positivism but retaining a scientific attitude, by carrying out the research. This is another from the earlier blog, but I think it's interesting in the light of the person-centred approach, as Carl Rogers was relentlessly scientific in his attitude: ...
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Teleconference: Focusing and Meditation: A Conversation with Gene Gendlin and David Rome moderated by Ann Weiser Cornell

Teleconference: Focusing and Meditation: A Conversation with Gene Gendlin and David Rome moderated by Ann Weiser Cornell | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Teleconference on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 4 PM Eastern time

In connection with Tricycle Magazine's interview with Gene Gendlin and article by David Rome in their next issue, the Focusing Institute is creating a program with a range of opportunities to learn more about Focusing.

The kickoff event is the Teleconference "Focusing and Meditation: A Conversation with Gene Gendlin and David Rome, moderated by Ann Weiser Cornell" on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 4 PM Eastern time. The call will be for 90 minutes, with the option to stay on the line for 30 minutes afterward at no extra charge, for small group discussions. This is the first time Gene, David, and Ann have ever appeared together, and it will probably be the only time. It’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity to have your questions answered about exactly what happens at the interface between these two powerful practices. ...
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Dissecting the empathic brain: An interview with Christian Keysers

Dissecting the empathic brain: An interview with Christian Keysers | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Why do we shudder when we watch a tarantula crawling across James Bond’s chest in a 007 movie? And what can looking into a monkey’s brain tell us about our capacity to share in the emotional experiences of other people? Answers to these questions appear in The Empathic Brain: How the Discovery of Mirror Neurons Changes our Understanding of Human Nature, the fascinating and entertaining new book by Christian Keysers, Professor for the Social Brain at the University Groningen in the Netherlands. Keysers, one of the world’s most distinguished and innovative neuroscientists, was part of the famous team at the University of Parma, Italy, that discovered auditory mirror neurons in the macaque monkey, which has revolutionised thinking about how empathy works in human beings. In this exclusive interview for Outrospection, I talk to him about his book, and how far neuroscience has really taken us in our understanding of empathy.

Roman Krznaric: What exactly have you discovered about the ‘empathic brain’, and the importance of mirror neurons?
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The Mush of Normativity

The Mush of Normativity | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Recently, several psychologists, perhaps most notably Jonathan Haidt and his collaborators, have emphasized the connection between disgust and moral condemnation.
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Nur Svsc 's comment, August 1, 2011 9:17 AM
thanks for this particular curation. you've introduced me a new source I'll check for my topic :)
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Contested Jurisdictions: Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Clinical Psychology in the United States, 1940–2010

... Psychology, too, had expanded greatly during the war years, as the mounting numbers of psychiatric casualties in the military exceeded the capacity of existing programmes to train sufficient psychiatrists. In 1940, there had been essentially no clinical psychologists. No formal training programme existed, and those few psychologists who practised in applied settings were firmly subordinated to medical men, largely confined to administering psychological instruments such as IQ tests and aptitude tests, and mostly women or Jewish or both (and thus doubly marginalised at the time). Drafted into clinical practice with combat troops, many psychologists acquired an interest in continuing such activities in the post-war period. ...
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Jayne Dough: implicit memory & hunger

Jayne Dough: implicit memory & hunger | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
As Pamela occasionally reminds me, we've been working on the implicit memories from my infancy (the things that crop up as feelings, aren't recognized as memories from a previous time, and tend to hijack or overwhelm the adult into behaviors that look illogical and counterproductive).

She hypothesizes (and "the arm" agrees) that the neglect of my crib years was devastating for my being. While obviously I survived, it (the infant I was then) didn't particularly have any faith that it would. ...
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Logotherapy in marriage

Logotherapy in marriage | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
An individual feels his life is meaningful when he can find a purpose to his existence; life is worth living. Similarly a couple feels their marriage is meaningful when they can find a purpose to the marriage and when they can meet life’s challenges successfully together, moment by moment.

We can think of finding meaning as finding satisfying answers to certain key questions about life that life is so to speak addressing us with, as follows: ...
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“Art Saved My Life” - PsychCentral.com (blog)

“Art Saved My Life” - PsychCentral.com (blog) | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
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In her article Giving Life to Carl Rogers Theory of Creativity, therapist Natalie Rogers writes that “using the expressive arts gives people a safe place to explore their shadow side…The shadow is the part we have repressed in our lives. Some people have denied their anger and rage for a lifetime.”

Referring to expressive arts therapy, she says “The creative process is a life force energy. If offered in a safe, empathic, non-judgmental environment, it is a transformative process for constructive change…Using movement, sound, color and drama offer opportunities to first become aware of one’s shadow, and then to explore it fully through many media.”
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Krishnamurti and David Bohm on thought, conflict, and dialogue

Krishnamurti and David Bohm on thought, conflict, and dialogue | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Krishnamurti (1895-1985) spent the last 55 years of his life travelling throughout the world speaking with people about the fundamental human problem of conflict in the world and the activity and nature of human thought. David Bohm (1917-1992) was a quantum theorist who explored areas of mutual interest with Krishnamurti, starting with the observer and the observed, from the 1959 when they met until K's death. In the remaining 8 years of his life, Bohm continued to enquire into the nature of thought and the process of dialogue in seminars held in Ojai, California. ...
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Personal Thoughts on Teaching and Learning – Carl Rogers

Personal Thoughts on Teaching and Learning – Carl Rogers | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
a) I cannot teach another person how to teach
b) Anything taught to another is inconsequential
c) I am only interested in learnings which significantly influence behaviour
d) And that is only self-discovered learning ...
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The difference between seeing and hearing | Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy

The difference between seeing and hearing | Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
I want to add two more points of difference that sets logotherapy apart from other approaches.

The spiritual encounter
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Erich Fromm: Vintage TV Interview by Mike Wallace

Erich Fromm: Vintage TV Interview by Mike Wallace | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Erich Fromm, psychoanalyst and social critic, talks to Mike Wallace about society, materialism, relationships, government, religion, and happiness in this vintage television interview.
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Conversations: August 2011: Akira Ikemi

Conversations: August 2011: Akira Ikemi | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
Akira Ikemi Bio:  Akira Ikemi, Ph.D. studied with Eugene Gendlin at the University of Chicago when the first training program in Focusing was initiated. He is currently a certifying coordinator and a board member of the Focusing Institute. He is one of the founders of the Japan Focusing Association and has served as its executive director and president. He has written several books and numerous articles on Focusing in Japanese. In English, his DVD “Presence, Existence and Space” is available through Nada Lou Productions, (excerpts are also available on YouTube) and he has written several articles in the journal Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, where he serves as one of the editors. He teaches Focusing and practices Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy in Osaka, Japan. ...
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Hurting yourself

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Self-injury is a common behavior in our society. Only a few forms are seen as problematic. Shame often thwarts an open exchange about experiences. "Hurting yourself" is a workbook that aims at encouraging reflection and generating awareness of various different aspects of self-injury from a non-coercive, self-compassionate, and harm reduction perspective.

Hurting yourself - workbook (pdf, 7.3 MB)

http://theicarusproject.net/files/hurtingyourself.pdf
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Do we suffer from compassion fatigue?

Do we suffer from compassion fatigue? | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
... As I entered I saw a young albino boy. To be a starving Biafran orphan was to be in a most pitiable situation, but to be a starving albino Biafran was to be in a position beyond description. Dying of starvation, he was still among his peers an object of ostracism, ridicule and insult…The boy looked at me with a fixity that evoked the evil eye in a way which harrowed me with guilt and unease. He was moving closer. He was haunting me, getting nearer. Someone was giving me the statistics of the suffering, the awful multiples of this tragedy. As I gazed at these grim victims of deprivation and starvation, my mind retreated to my own home in England where my children of much the same age were careless and cavalier with food, as Western children often are. Trying to balance between these two visions produced in me a kind of mental torment…I felt something touch my hand. The albino boy had crept close and moved his hand into mine. I felt tears come into my eyes as I stood there holding his hand. I thought, think of something else, anything else. Don’t cry in front of these kids…He looked hardly human, as if a tiny skeleton had somehow stayed alive…If I could, I would take this day out of my life, demolish the memory of it. ...
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Nur Svsc 's comment, August 1, 2011 9:14 AM
Compassion fatigue-- how true and powerfully expressive of the numbness we see individuals and public *suffer* from, today. Just look at the readers' reactions to news coverage on the current humanitarian crisis in Somalia. On one hand there's the risk of settling for a quick-fix or breif relief of conscience by oh-my-gosh-ing every hard-to-digest story. On the other, there's compassion fatigue which I relate to deep global disappointment and hopelessness about the prospect of positive change and being a part of it. Compassion, it deserves more thought and practice. Perhaps a new attitude of narration and visual langage on media's part might be a start?
focusing_gr's comment, August 2, 2011 3:09 PM
In my opinion, there seems, also, to be a lack of self-empathy, a kind of "self-empathy fatigue" ...
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Empathy with the enemy

Empathy with the enemy | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
In the spring of 472 BC the people of Athens queued up to see the latest play written by Aeschylus, the founder of Greek tragedy. The Persians was an unusual production, and not only because it was based on an historical event rather than the usual legends of the gods. What must have really shocked the audience was that it was told through the eyes of their sworn enemy, the Persians, who only eight years earlier had fought the Athenians at the Battle of Salamis. ...
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Carl Rogers Spins In His Grave - Get Steven Home: The Book

In September, social services decided to tick another box on their checklist. Against the backdrop of a pending court case and the search for a specialist provider, they decided it would be a very good idea for Steven to have a Person Centred Plan.

I trained as a counsellor in 1997 and the model used for my initial training was the person centred approach. It was a term devised by the excellent American psychologist Carl Rogers and was considered revolutionary compared to all the Freudian psycho-analytical approaches that had gone before. Its basis was the belief that human beings have an innate drive to self actualise and that they are the experts in knowing themselves. The therapist’s task was to act as a passenger on the client’s journey to self actualisation. All good stuff. I’ve incorporated other approaches into my work over the years but the foundation is still the values that Rogers practiced and wrote about over 40 years ago.

It didn’t take long to realise that a local authority’s interpretation of a person centred plan is an entirely different animal. ...
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Miles Groth: "The Boy Is Father To The Man"

Professor Miles Groth presenting his talk "The Boy Is Father To The Man" at the 2011 AIMHS Symposium.For more information, visit: http://aimhs.com.auProfessor Miles Groth is full professor in the Department of Psychology at Wagner College, Staten...
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Still Point: Getting to know Gaia 1

Still Point: Getting to know Gaia 1 | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
I have run out of inspiration on my sequence of posts on Spirituality per se, and shall leave the topic there for the moment.  Over the next several editions I should like to discuss the Gaia hypothesis.  However, it is beyond denial that spirituality is deeply linked with ecology and the earth in any case.  Hence, the next short sequence of posts is related to the foregoing ones.

Forging Connections

My own personal understanding of Spirituality is that it is about forging connections between persons, and indeed between persons and the universe, or more specifically and practically still between persons and the planet they inhabit.  Spirituality is all about a thrust to unity, union or communion.

The Interconnectedness of things

One does not have to be an Einstein to notice that in this universe one thing depends upon another and so on down the line as in an infinite domino effect.  Just look at the domino effect as we witnessed and still witness it in the global economic depression that is now hitting the world.  Same thing in the environment, as soon as one small essential element is disturbed, it has a knock-on effect on all animal life (including human animal life obviously) on this planet. 
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ARAS - The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism

ARAS - The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
... the content of the collective unconscious
is made up essentially of archetypes ...
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As Wonderful as Sunsets: Carl Rogers and Contracts

As Wonderful as Sunsets: Carl Rogers and Contracts | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
"Contracts provide a sort of transitional experience between complete freedom to learn... but that is within the limits of some institutional demand or course requirement" (Rogers, 1983, p.149)

In his book Freedom to Learn*, Rogers has a chapter called Methods of Building Freedom, which offers "a few of the approaches, methods, techniques that have been successfully used by teachers who are endeavoring to give a freedom to learn" (all references here: Rogers 1983) (p.147). ...
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~StREsS~, the subtle body, etc.

I’ve written previously here about how one often-overlooked aspect to so-called spiritual practice is that involving the subtle energetic body. Granted, many or probably most people in our culture may look at you a little funny if you start talking about the subject of the subtle energetic system, but at the same time, many of those same people appreciate the feeling of receiving a good massage or the effect of a yoga class or an acupuncture treatment. Now, all of those things work in a rather direct fashion on the subtle body, but it’s perhaps worth realizing that everything affects our subtle energies; hence the feelings of relaxation and well-being that we derive from eating nourishing foods that are appropriate to our constitution, or engaging in pleasurable sexual activity, or spending time in a pleasing physical environment. By the same token, we are certainly familiar with the frazzled nerves and general overstressedness of our systems that can result from being in overstimulating, unpleasant environments, or overworking, or being around abrasive people, not getting enough rest, etc....
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ART THERAPY REFLECTIONS: Mandalas in Art Therapy

ART THERAPY REFLECTIONS: Mandalas in Art Therapy | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
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I use mandala making in therapy to help clients feel calm and centered, for self-expression and as a way to help people explore who they are in groups. The following photos are of mandalas made in a classroom showing how each person ‘saw’ themselves in the circle. They painted how much room they felt they took, how they felt their energy or self looked in the classroom and how they felt they fit in the whole. I have used this exercise as:
1. A device to explore group conflict
2. A visual representation for families in therapy
3. A device to work with bullying
4. A device to work with boundaries and shared space
5. A tool to explore aggressive, passive and assertive behavior.
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Spirituality 15: Enlightenment

Spirituality 15: Enlightenment | focusing_gr | Scoop.it
We often thank people for enlightening us about a particular problem or situation, allowing us to grasp the essence of whatever subject or object is in question. However, in spiritual terms the word alludes to a revelation or deep insight into the meaning and purpose of all things, a communication with or an understanding of the mind of God or further still a profound spiritual understanding or a fundamentally changed consciousness whereby everything is perceived as a unity. ...
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