You may not have asked yourself this question directly, but you've certainly experienced one of the following situations
- While talking to someone, something is stirring inside you. Yet, there seems to be no way to figure out what it is.
- A vague sense of "there is something significant" about a topic you are familiar with keeps surfacing. You can't find the words to adequately express this inner richness, and you feel frustrated.
- Or you are working on a task and cannot find a suitable approach to its complexity. You are stuck.
- Even when you finally complete a project, you are left with a sinking feeling when you look back on it. Because, in an odd way, you know you have more to say.
Thinking at the Edge (TAE) is a method for getting in touch with your felt meanings and articulating them with fresh and precise language.
TAE is based on E.T. Gendlin's philosophy of the implicit and has its origins in a course on theory building that Gendlin taught at the University of Chicago. But you don't have to build a theory to benefit from the thinking that TAE teaches.
TAE's structured learning steps will help you find your distinctive voice whenever creative thinking is called for.
The personal interactions in a small group allow you to engage deeply in your creative thinking process.
Having listeners by your side, you will be encouraged to trust your inner voice and feel confident that you have something unique to say.
The small group allows for adapting the teaching content and pace to individual needs during the exploration process.
The 3-person format accommodates different learning styles by placing participants in various roles: In each of the six sessions, I guide two participants, one in a demonstration and the other in a breakout session, so they get a direct experience. Participants learn by witnessing the demonstrations and discussing the process (not the content). In the breakout sessions, participants are listeners and self-directed practitioners. After the breakouts, questions and difficulties can be addressed immediately, enhancing the TAE partnerships between sessions.
Session #1 – Finding a good place to start to approach the edge from which to think further (TAE steps 1-2)
Session #2 – Dwelling on the edge to unfold the felt meanings with fresh language (TAE steps 3-5)
Session #3 – Telling about lived experience (instances) and recognizing new connections (patterns) (TAE steps 6-7)
Session #4 – Crossing patterns and instances to deepen your understanding (TAE step 8)
Session #5 – Creating new concepts and propositions using logic (TAE step 9-11)
Session #6 – Defining the central crux with your newly developed concepts and how to go on from there (TAE step 12+)
The 3-person course can give you a nudge to finally address an issue that has long deserved your attention.
You will learn to break limiting patterns of existing concepts and meet irritations about a topic with your perspective.
You gain confidence in your inner process and become more confident in the unusual and specific expressions that emerge from it.
You deepen your felt sense of creative thinking if Focusing is already valuable to you.
Dates and times will be set as soon as a 3-person group is formed. The classes are bi-weekly or as agreed with the group.
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is a self-employed organizational psychologist, certified person-centered counselor and Focusing trainer with a former researcher and project management career as a material scientist. She encourages deep and interactive thinking for original creations, profound change, and sustainable solutions in her work with individuals and teams.
Evelyn came to Focusing in 2004 and worked with Focusing teachers from different schools, specialized in Thinking at the Edge (TAE), and studied E.T. Gendlin's philosophy. She is a certified Focusing Trainer and a Coordinator-in-Training for The International Focusing Institute.
She has taught TAE internationally since 2012 and is a pioneer in applying TAE to innovation, teamwork, and leadership. She co-developed Thetaland® - The Game of Inquiry and founded Thetaland®-Services to bring principles and practices of Gendlin's philosophy to a broader audience.