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Imagery is More Powerful with Focusing: Theory and Practice

  • Eugene T. Gendlin


Let me begin with an extremely brief and summarized theoretical statement. How might we think about “the unconscious”, that rich source of imagery and of course, of other processes? I would like to say simply: the unconscious is the body. Of course, we need to devise entirely new kinds of concepts about the body, for this and many other reasons. The body is no mere physiological machine. The body is inherently interactional. Let me say more clearly what this means:

We guide our behavior most of the time by a bodily sense of each situation. We do not speak to ourselves about each facet of a situation—if we did, we could not handle any situation at all. To do any simple thing, we must “know” what led up to the situation, what we are trying to bring about or avoid, who the people present are, how to walk, sit, speak, and countless other facets. We can think only very few of these explicitly. All the rest are “known” in a rich, holistic feeling of the whole context, which we can have only in a bodily concrete way.


Image Form Bodily Sense Altered State Simple Thing Bodily Impact 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene T. Gendlin
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  1. 1.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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