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Gendlin's philosophy for psychotherapists

ARTICLEFrans Depestele - 56–4 (2018)

SUMMARY

Beside the usual, mechanistic thinking that starts with entities, process thinking doesn’t first see the entities but the interaction. In this article several aspects are explained of what a process is. To understand well the psychotherapy process we need process thinking. An intervention of the therapist and the client’s exploring are directed to (blockings of) the experiential process in the client. They don’t demand a thinking in terms of entities but a thinking in terms of implicit experiences underlying these entities. Gendlins philosophy is a philosophy of the implicit.

KEYWORDS

process thinking, experiential process, philosophy of the implicit