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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 2nd edition edition (Aug. 1 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553278339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553278330
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An original, innovative, exciting book."—Carl Rogers, Ph.D.

"A superb manual for self-managed therapy. . .a tool beyond price."—Brain-Mind Bulletin

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"An original, innovative, exciting book."--Carl Rogers, Ph.D.

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


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At the University of Chicago and elsewhere in the past fifteen years, a group of colleagues and I have been studying some questions that most psychotherapists don't like to ask out loud. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Average Guy on July 26 2002
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I'm giving it five stars for the system; it really works for things I have applied it to. As a book, it is also well written and has a certain fun sense of discovery, especially when reading about how Dr. Gendlin was trying to discover what 'it' was that people who were successful in therapy 'got.'
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Henriquez Lyon on April 24 2000
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This book was first published in 1978, and I wish I had discovered it back then, as it would have spared me years of spinning my wheels. The author is a psychologist, as well as a philosopher specializing in phenomenology. His thinking definitely serves as a solid underpinning to this book. However, the book is completely practical. It teaches you how to get in touch with your body/mind--the part of you that feels and knows without using logic, morality, guilt, or blame. Once you get in touch with whatever your body/mind is experiencing in the present, you focus on that "felt sense." Keeping your conscious awareness tuned to that feeling causes a movement in the energy, and ultimately a shift occurs,which you can physically feel as a release of a blockage or a point of tension. This technique works very well for those problems and issues that you thought you had worked through, but keep returning over and over again. The best part is, you can do this work without a therapist. After a while, you will find that your body (or rather, body/mind) becomes your best teacher on all matters of the heart and soul.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Vallecillo on May 20 2002
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As a layperson, I was skeptical as to whether I would be able to understand this book. I was expecting lots of clinical explanations. To my surprise, it was just the opposite. Written so that anyone can understand it, "Focusing" gives the guidance to holistically find the source of fears, anxiety, and negativity. It guides the reader to a place where he/she can sit and listen to the body speak of the source of a problem's manifestation. I recommend this to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of why we sometimes feel the way we do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erik Rosekrans on Aug. 4 1999
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This is a great self-help book. The techniques Gendlan teaches are simple and can give you greater clarity. Anyone embarking on a path of self-discovery, or already on their way, could benefit from reading this book. I recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Burik on Dec 25 2001
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Focusing is a method of contacting--and more importantly being able to articulate--our inner wisdom. That wisdom comes in the form of what Gendlin calls the "felt sense." Focusing was developed by philosopher/psychologist Eugene Gendlin after his collaboration with Carl Rogers at the University of Chicago. It is Gendlin's answer to the question, Why, and how, does therapy work? Gendlin presents his model in six steps, with a number of examples from his clinical experience.
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