Philosophy, Focusing & Changing the World is for anyone who wants to engage with the challenging fact that our mainstream social institutions don’t yet match what we know about what human beings actually are. Eugene Gendlin brings insights from Focusing and the Philosophy of the Implicit to bear on an understanding of societal change, offering a hopeful yet incisive analysis of economics, finance, government, and more.
In dialogue with class participants working in an array of social settings, Gendlin shows how we can reconceptualize schools, prisons, workplaces, hospitals, and so on, so that attention to implicit human possibilities is at the center. He goes on to offer a radical vision of what society might be like if people interacted from their genuine sense in the moment and with respect and curiosity for what is emergent in each other.
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What You’ll Learn:
- The view that humanity is moving from an economy based on industry to an economy based on inter-human attention
- How Focusing can change what institutions are – for example: what a school is, what a prison is, what a hospital is
- The difference between reversible and irreversible change – and how to bring about change that can’t be reversed by a new boss
- What happens when we treat the “system” with the same curiosity, compassion, and openness with which we treat our bodies
Available as MP3s. Includes supplemental reading list, provided digitally after purchase.
Total Length: 6 hours 33 minutes
File Size: 442.3 MB
Note: CDs were recorded during an actual phone seminar and have been edited. Sound quality may vary.
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If you purchase the digital download version, you’ll receive an email after checkout with a link to download the MP3s, which you can then save to your computer.
*Please Note: Each purchased digital copy is licensed to one individual for personal use only.
The Focusing and Thinking Series is a series of phone seminars offered by Gene Gendlin and Ann Weiser Cornell that explore the implications of Gene Gendlin’s Philosophy of the Implicit and the Focusing process to a broad range of topics including relationships, creativity, social change, psychotherapy, dreams, and thinking.
Eugene T. Gendlin was a groundbreaking philosopher and psychotherapist who has been honored 4 times by the American Psychological Association for his development of Experiential Psychotherapy. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and taught there from 1963 to 1995. His book, Focusing, has sold over 500,000 copies and is in 17 languages. His other books include Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, A Process Model and Experiencing & the Creation of Meaning. He was also a warm brilliant man who lit up a room with the quality of his listening.
Ann Weiser Cornell was getting her PhD in Linguistics at the University of Chicago when she met and learned Focusing from Eugene Gendlin. In 1980, Gene invited Ann to assist with his Focusing workshops. This started her on a path to become a Focusing teacher, and in 1990, Ann became the first person to support herself full-time as a Focusing teacher. Today, Ann is internationally recognized as one of the leading innovators and theoreticians of Focusing. She is the author of The Power of Focusing, The Radical Acceptance of Everything and Focusing in Clinical Practice: The Essence of Change.