Self-Consciousness as a Component and Correlate of Focusing Ability

  • Don Kuiken


The hypothesis guiding this presentation is that nonevaluative self-directed attention, especially toward bodily kinesthetic events, may serve as a source of imagery that is perceived to representation-ally fit, intensify, and sometimes change those bodily feelings. The phenomenology of this process, called focusing, has been articulated by Gendlin (1978), who has emphasized its apparent role in psychotherapy (Gendlin, 1977; Gendlin, Beebe, Cassens, Klein, & Oberlander, 1968). Regardless of context, however, focusing is a process of imagery-guided or enhanced (Gendlin & Olson, 1970) change in self-feeling, of the conditions for which we have little concrete understanding. The role of self-directed attention in this process is the object of the present study.


Bodily Event Expressive Behavior Bodily Feeling Focus Ability Concrete Understanding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Don Kuiken
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  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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