Focusing on focusing: Eugene Gendlin's bodily experiencing as a means of meaning-making in Dutch spiritual care?
This study aims to reduce the dearth of knowledge within Dutch spiritual care regarding the method and process of focusing, developed by US philosopher and psychologist Eugene Gendlin (1926-2017). It theoretically explores the method, its philosophical foundations and evolution, as well as the criticism it received and its relation to spirituality and spiritual care. An empirical section probes into focusing within Dutch spiritual care. It takes stock of the knowledge and use of focusing among Dutch spiritual caregivers and answers by whom the method is known and used, in what way and with what findings. The study concludes that focusing has more potential for Dutch spiritual care than is currently utilized.
Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen