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Experiencing the “Felt Sense”

Eugene Gendlin on the Wisdom of the Body


“Is the body what you think it is… or not?”

According to Eugene Gendlin, legendary originator of Focusing, this is not a riddle or the set-up to a joke. It’s a serious question, worthy of investigation and it can lead us to a new kind of wisdom both inside and outside the consulting room.

The key to this heightened way of knowing is something Gendlin has christened the “felt sense,” a way of experiencing life with our entire body that brings us fully and profoundly into the moment.

In this brief clip from a conversation on our new web series on Today’s Wisdom, Eugene defines the “felt sense,” its power and, most importantly, how we can access it. We think you’ll really enjoy this. Let us know what you think.

Eugene Gendlin is one of six noted thinkers featured in our upcoming video webcast series: Today’s Wisdom: New Visions for an Old Concept. The series offers a look at the what “wisdom” means today and how this vision is altering the goals of psychotherapy, offering insights from Ron Siegel, Tara Brach, Irvin Yalom, Mary Pipher, and Daniel Kahneman. To learn more about this exciting new webcast, click here.

Want to learn more? Here’s a free article called “Beyond Talk: Using Our Bodies to Get to the Heart of the Matter” by Mary Sykes Wylie.

Need CEs? Audio Courses available include Acceptance & Commitment Therapy by Steven Hayes and Psychotherapy from the Inside Out: The Brain of the Mindful Therapist by Daniel Siegel.

Eugene Gendlin, Ph.D., is a major American philosopher and psychologist who has been honored four times by the American Psychological Association for his development of Experiential Psychotherapy. He was a founder and editor of the Clinical Division Journal, Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice, and his books include Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.

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One Response to Experiencing the “Felt Sense”

  1. Jim B says:

    When I first learned about his Focusing techniques, I started to use a simple version with my clients. It was striking ( for them and for me ) how clearly they could identify their emotional pain inside their body, and gain a felt sense of where it resides, what it is made of, and how it works to defend, inhibit or symbolize. I am looking forward to the series…Can’t wait!

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