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Focusing Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1982
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"A superb manual for self-managed therapy. . .a tool beyond price."—Brain-Mind Bulletin
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What is focusing? Based on research at the University of Chicago, focusing is a new technique of self therapy that teaches you to identify and change the way your personal problems concretely exist in your body. Focusing consists of steps of felt change. Unlike methods that stress "getting in touch with your feelings," there is a built-in test: each focusing step, when done correctly, is marked by a physical relief, a profound release of tension. Focusing guides you to the deepest level of awareness within your body. It is on this level, unfamiliar to most people, that unresolved problems actually exist, and only on this level can they change.
"A superb manual for self-managed therapy. . .a tool beyond price."--Brain-Mind Bulletin
Top Customer Reviews
Think about a place you love to be. There's something about that place... something that makes you feel good in just that exact way you do feel when you are there.
Feel how it is for you with this place you love.
We are all used to putting things into words right away. But this time, don't try to say what it is you're experiencing right now. Just be with the feeling of how it is to be there in that place, and what makes it feel like that to you, without making any words for it for a while.
As you slow down to be with this felt sense, you may be noticing that you feel it in a specific part of your body-often your heart, or your throat, or your stomach.
Right now I'm sitting in a place that's like that for me: one of my favorite chairs with my cat curled up next to me. To show you what I mean, I'll go into the felt sense of sitting here with my cat.
Right away I notice that I'm feeling it in my heart and throat, a kind of thick warm golden feeling a little like honey. It's got a poignant quality. Now that it's become more vivid and tangible to me, I'm going to pause for a minute (an actual real honest-to-god minute of clock time!) and just be with the feeling. In a minute I will go further into it, but for right now it's good to just give it my friendly attention.
After the pause, I notice that I'd like to ask this felt sense, `what makes this poignant quality?' So I ask that, and then I pause, so that the answer comes. I don't go looking for it, I let it come. It may take a minute, before it does. So I'm doing that now.
..... It's something about her trust in me. Her whole body is open. She needs me, and she's at ease needing me.Read more ›
I am not part of 'the-religion-which-must-not-be-named' but I must agree that too often psychology (granted a broad blast here) simply makes people more self-centered, self-deluded, and generally worse.
If you have some things that feel perhaps too painful frightening to even think about approaching, Focusing gives you a way to defuse the bombs from a distance, so to speak.
My humble summary of what Focusing is: It is a system to repair specific communication errors between the limbic system and the rational part of the brain. AFTER finding how you have been mislabeling a certain pain, you may THEN find that the origin is very clear. Dredging up potential origins first (as most systems do) to find why you have a current discomfort, is like doing an appendectomy through your ear - once and a while it will work and once and a while the patient will even survive. Forget that and try Focusing.
They found that successful clients "can be picked out very easily," in the first session or two. It wasn't what the therapist did - their technique or orientation -- it was what the client did and already knew how to do. Clients who didn't do this, didn't learn during therapy. They stayed stuck.
Stunning & tragic: right from the start, clients were either ready to succeed or doomed to fail.
Gene called what successful clients did "Focusing". More exciting, he found that Focusing was teachable. Even more exciting, he found that this skill, Focusing, helped produce real change not only in therapy, but in other life challenges. Indeed, Focusing can be used not only with psychological & medical problems, but also with enhancing skills & creativity, with developing positive new directions for living. This has been documented in over 80 research studies, conducted over 50 years. (See "Research Review" by Marion Hendricks, Ph.D., on-line for free at focusing.org.)
Focusing is *the* book that introduced teachable Focusing. Over thirty years, it's sold a half-million copies and it's translated into seventeen languages. It's the first of four classic "how to learn Focusing books". (See Ed McMahon & Peter Campbell, BioSpirituality: Focusing As a Way to Grow esp.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book arrived in good time and condition. The pages were more yellowed that expected but it was still a good bargain and the content is easy to understand and integrate into my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sharon
How I missed this book in my various searching for "answers" is beyond me. It's a fabulous and wonderful now classic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Even if you only read the first three chapters, this book will give you a great tool for managing chronic stress. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jean B.
I am reading this so called "breakthrough methodology" book of Gendlin and his Focussing and Felt sense technique that he claims to have discovered. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Honest Opinion
Amazing book and process. Super simple process for working through issues. Well and clearly written. I am grateful to have this tool to use for myself and my clientsPublished 5 months ago by DIY
I loved this book. Reading it was such a treat, and I was able to use what I learned. I will go back to this book for refreshers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brillig