CONFERENCE 2000 in HUNGARY
“Children’s Inner & Outer Peace”

Focusing an anchor to our self
Reinhard Stelter, Ph.D.,

 

The theory of meaning
Traditional objectivist theories of perception and understanding assume that there is a reality out there in the world.

The non-objectivist approach to human understanding
Understanding the world and ourselves can be described as giving meaning to the situation.
Subject and the environment are understood as interrelated, or co-dependent.

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The lived body is the central point of reference

By embodying the world around us or by interiorizing the environment, things become meaningful
There is basically no difference between bodily and so-called "non-bodily" action
Therefore perceiving, thinking, running or talking just represent different modes of relating to the environment
Perception and understanding are part of the process of interpretation, a process where movement and action are always included

The pre-reflective dimension in body experience

When we talk about body experience we have to focus mainly on the more or less "quiet" dialogue between the subject and his/her environment.
Body experience is based on a pre-reflective form of internationality which represents the tacit dimension of our actions in relation to the context in which we live.
Every situation generates an experience or a pre-conceptual and pre-reflective understanding of the situation. This experiential dimension of the situation, also called the felt meaning or the felt sense (Gendlin, 1997), is an underlying stream in human behavior

The focusing proces

felt sense images, metaphors, perceptions, feelings, thoughts symbols/syntax (language)
"the implicit" "the explicit" morphemes - a number of morphemes make a sentence
pre-reflective state
"tacit knowledge"
analogue mode of information digital/semantic-syntactic mode of information

The body self

Develops from bodily perceptions of the world around us
Focusing helps to get in contact with these bodily perceptions

The personal construction of the self

Through the process of perception we create our personal reality respectively our subjective world
Body self and the self as a personal construction are one system.

THE SELF AS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION/SELF AS RELATIONAL

Our personal constructions have to be defended and have to be intelligible in relation to the social context
Developing the self is a process of negotiation
One of the major strategies is the conversation with the people we are related to (friends, parents, colleagues, peers etc.)

Conclusion

Being anchored in Without the body the negotiation processes with our social environment will be weak
Therefore: focusing is the anchor to our self


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  ORGANIZATION
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OPENING
  R. STELTER
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   SELF-REFL.GR.
  English-Hungar.

INTRO
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  FOCUS at BIRTH
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