Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning
by Eugene Gendlin, Ph.D. Evanston: Northwestern University Press. The philosophical treatment out of which focusing arose. Gendlin examines the edge of awareness, where language emerges from nonlanguage. In moving back and forth, he shows how experiencing functions in the transitions between one formulation and the next. A whole array of more than logical "characteristics" enables us to examine as well as to employ this new kind of thinking which is not merely conceptual, because it begins from felt meaning and returns to it again and again. Whatever is thought about in this process changes and develops. Gendlin denies fixed givens that could be represented, but does not end in arbitrariness. You can read the Preface now by clicking here.