Eugene Gendlin’s “focusing” is frequently referred to as a Western form of meditation. Attention toward “felt meaning” and the experiential effects of verbalization enable a deep sense-making process. It is used in psychology, pedagogy, qualitative research, creative work, and in meditation retreats. Besides his acclaimed research in psychology, Gendlin is also a philosophical “pioneer” (Petitmengin) in describing and conceptualizing a microgenetic and responsive nature of experience. His “Process Model” reconceives the body in ways that allow a different thinking about time, space, perception, behavior, language, and feeling. Drawing on the traditions of phenomenology, classical pragmatism, Wittgenstein, and psychotherapeutic research and practice, Gendlin lays out a responsive, embodied and interactive ground for understanding cognition and language that is carried forward by the very way we think, feel, and experience.

Donata Schoeller

University of Zurich

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