more about focusing
Focusing is the result of research carried out by E. Gendlin, American philosopher and psychologist in the tradition of the humanist and experiential approach.
E. Gendlin has studied many forms of therapy with a few colleagues, examining questions about their effectiveness, including what promotes change and how much of the therapeutic success can be attributed to the patient and the therapist.
If Rogers has particularly developed facilitating attitudes and the climate conducive to personal development, Gendlin has focused more on the relationship that the client has with himself and on the help he can provide. . This confirms Rogers' assertion that "the individual possesses in himself considerable resources to understand himself, to perceive himself differently, to change his fundamental attitudes and his behavior towards himself".
We go through all the situations that we encounter in our body. For example, if we are attentive when we are annoyed, we may perceive that something is going on in our body. It can be in the form of bubbling, heat, a change in breathing, tension, or some other sign that tells us the situation cannot go on. We will take into account what is going on in our body to help us.
Focusing allows you to listen to yourself to find precise information and leads to follow in difficult situations, problems or decisions to be made.
It consists of a precise, efficient and direct process that gives us access to the overall perception experienced in the body during a problem, situation or event. This perception is called "bodily sense". Focusing proposes to get in touch with this "bodily sense" which will become more precise and then be made explicit through a series of specific experiential stages defined by Gendlin.
Our minds often tend to talk too much and misinterpret things. Our body has its own language which differs from one person to another and is expressed in the form of metaphors, landscapes, music etc. During a focusing session, the body calms the mind and the mind helps the body to clarify its feelings. Mind and body are then found in their right place and the result is a certain harmony which often results in great inner tranquility.
Focusing brings us even closer to the intelligence of the body. It is a way of being with oneself which allows us to take into account what our organism tells us and to let go of the mind. The mind very often puts us in the “must… I must…” while the body teaches us to let come what is important and essential for us. Focusing allows us in a way to find our inner compass and our deep intuition.