Since 1974 Neil Friedman has written thirty-eight pieces about focusing. Twenty-six are collected in this book. They are Neil Friedman´s best writings about focusing thus far. Focusing is a psychological process discovered and developed by Dr. Eugene Gendlin. It is a way to know your felt experience moment-to-monent. In crisp, clear, down-to-earth English, Neil Friedman presents his essays on focusing in five sections: 1) In The Beginning: meeting Gene Gendlin; review of FOCUSING; earliest writings. 2) Focusing: essays that will teach you how to focus. 3) Focusing and Psychotherapy: ten essays that introduce and describe focusing-oriented experiential psychotherapy, a new approach to healing and growth. 4) Focusing and Meditation: interconnections between focusing and meditation; more recent developments in the author´s approach to meditation. 5) Focusing and Miracles: experiences that elude comprehension via our dominant paradigm of explanation; the unexplainable. There are new introductions to each section and to the book as a whole. Earlier writings have been revised. "Club-sandwich" sized sentences stand out against the background of a slimmed-down basic writing style. The book is readable and instructive. It is at once well-researched and detailed and a love poem to focusing.
About the Author:
Neil Friedman earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University. He taught at major universities such as Brandeis and SUNY Stonybrook. For over 25 years he has been in the private practice of psychotherapy with individuals and couples. He also trained therapists. For three years he was co-director of Spring Hill Conference Center in Ashby, Massachusetts. For seventeen years he was a member of the Opening the Heart workshop staff. He was a Certifying Co-ordinator for The Focusing Institute and a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. He wrote ten books. He has two daughters and a grand-daughter. He lived with his wife, Kate, in Arlington, Mass. More about him can be found at his website www.neilheart.com This is his second Sid Lehman novel. The first is St. Thomas: A Tale of the Heart (Xlibris, 2003). A third, Becoming Seventy, is in process as is a non-fiction book, FOCUSING As A Way of Living.