Focusing

Focusing is a self-help therapeutic technique pioneered by Eugene Gendlin and coworkers at theUniversity of Chicago in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The core of the technique is described in the text Focusing (http://www.focusing.org/focusingbook.html), and consists of six steps that aim to establish a connection between our rational understanding and the somatically rooted part of our psychological problems. It is especially concerned with blockedness, the sense that we feel unable to face problems for reasons we find hard to articulate. 

The therapeutic tool of Focusing is closely related to work carried out by Eugene Gendlin that he terms Thinking at the Edge. This describes his idea that the most creative edge of our psychological skills are where we begin to accommodate the not wholly coherent thoughts that are not yet rational. The technique of focusing is held to be useful also for these mental changes.