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PROCESS ORIENTED PSYCHOLOGY

Process Oriented Psychology, also known as process work, was founded by Dr. Arnold Mindell, a physicist and Jungian analyst (integral analytical psychology), in the 70s of the twentieth century. Since then, his...


method develops vigorously, also with the help of an international community of processworkers (psychotherapists, mediators and facilitators), which are involved in process work and in various studies worldwide. Now Process Oriented Psychology is one of the most dynamic developing psychotherapeutic methods, e.g. in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Russia, Greece, Croatia, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, England and Ireland, but also in the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand. It was one of Mindell's goals to enable a processworker to work with any human experience and with any person, no matter from what part of the world she/he comes from. Process work extends the overall adaptation of psychotherapy. Beside of working with individual clients, relationships, couples, families and groups processworkers work also with world issues. They do not only work with conflicts and traumas, with dreams, with physical symptoms and diseases, with addictions, altered and extreme states of consciousness, with people near death and in coma, with spiritual experiences, with artists, musicians and actors, but also with politicians, companies and organizations and with marginalized groups such as LGBTQ persons, homeless people and ethnic minorities.





DEVELOPMENT OF PROCESS WORK

Process work is a humanistic and transpersonal approach and its roots go deep into ancient philosophical concepts like Taoism and Shamanism, using the wisdom of indigenous cultures, but benefits...


also from the psychology of C.G. Jung, quantum physics and communication and information theory. Process work assumes that everything that happens to us is meaningful. Problems do not only disrupt our lives, but carry some information for us. They even contain their own solutions. Problems push us in a certain direction. If we open ourselves to their unknown and secret aspects and go a little in the direction they indicate, we can discover their messages. Instead of feeling like the victim of our problems, we can use them to improve the quality of our lives, our relationships and support our personal development. In process work therapy sessions, you learn to follow your experiences with openness and curiosity and amplify them with mindfulness and respect, until you get a deeper understanding and discover the message they have for you. The therapist supports you on your path of inner discovery and follows your process.





PARADIGM

Process is the force that flows under all your experiences and which makes you and your whole world move. Process is like wind in your sails that blows your boat in a certain direction. You can feel it as a flow...


that guides you. Have you ever had the experience to feel that you are in the right place, at the right time? Right at this moment, you swim in the middle of the process river. Things work out easily, your relationships go well, you act without much effort and flow in the right direction. As you follow your process, your deep nature, you can feel joy, peace and a sense of meaning. Sometimes, however, life prepares various turns, surprises and challenges for us, and our process blows in a direction where we do not necessarily want to go. We tend to ignore and reject various experiences and parts of ourselves, we don’t like or want. This often happens unconsciously, and we do not notice that we are losing contact with ourselves and our process. If you find yourself in a situation where you struggle with problems or things don't sort out as you would like, then your process is knocking on your door. Relationship conflicts, problems at work, dreams and illnesses are signposts that bring you again in contact with your path of heart. They also remind you of the deeper process that is going on in the background and that shows itself through you. Process work psychotherapy helps you to connect with your process and follow it. Gaining awareness of your process often carries surprising insights and helps you find your way even in very difficult situations.





WHAT DOES PROCESS MEAN?

WORLDWORK

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Process Oriented Psychology, also known as process work, was founded by Dr. Arnold Mindell, a physicist and Jungian analyst (integral analytical psychology), in the 70s of the twentieth century. Since then, his...


method develops vigorously, also with the help of an international community of processworkers (psychotherapists, mediators and facilitators), which are involved in process work and in various studies worldwide. Now Process Oriented Psychology is one of the most dynamic developing psychotherapeutic methods, e.g. in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Russia, Greece, Croatia, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, England and Ireland, but also in the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand. It was one of Mindell's goals to enable a processworker to work with any human experience and with any person, no matter from what part of the world she/he comes from. Process work extends the overall adaptation of psychotherapy. Beside of working with individual clients, relationships, couples, families and groups processworkers work also with world issues. They do not only work with conflicts and traumas, with dreams, with physical symptoms and diseases, with addictions, altered and extreme states of consciousness, with people near death and in coma, with spiritual experiences, with artists, musicians and actors, but also with politicians, companies and organizations and with marginalized groups such as LGBTQ persons, homeless people and ethnic minorities.





Worldwork is called Process Oriented Psychology adapted to work with small and large groups, communities and organizations and is concentrated on community building. Wherever people try to create a...


better community and care for the rights of others, we are doing worldwork. Process work methods of working with the world are used in urban debates (open forums), in international conflicts, in business and in organizations dealing with education and spiritual practice. Worldwork is also the name of international gatherings that take place every other year in various places around the world (in 2014 in Warsaw). For several days, hundreds of people with diverse ethnic and national backgrounds work together on hot global topics such as racism, sexism and homophobia, climate change and ecology, abuse and rank, war and the need for revenge, but also on aspects such as improving communication flow, building community and opportunities for further cooperation. These meetings are held in the spirit of deep democracy and facilitated by Arny and Amy Mindell with the help of an international team of processworkers and process work teachers.





FAQ

Process work is a humanistic and transpersonal approach and its roots go deep into ancient philosophical concepts like Taoism and Shamanism, using the wisdom of indigenous cultures, but benefits...


also from the psychology of C.G. Jung, quantum physics and communication and information theory. Process work assumes that everything that happens to us is meaningful. Problems do not only disrupt our lives, but carry some information for us. They even contain their own solutions. Problems push us in a certain direction. If we open ourselves to their unknown and secret aspects and go a little in the direction they indicate, we can discover their messages. Instead of feeling like the victim of our problems, we can use them to improve the quality of our lives, our relationships and support our personal development. In process work therapy sessions, you learn to follow your experiences with openness and curiosity and amplify them with mindfulness and respect, until you get a deeper understanding and discover the message they have for you. The therapist supports you on your path of inner discovery and follows your process.





DEEP DEMOCRACY

The group process is a process work tool for exploring various topics, mainly social ones. These can be topics that are in public discussion, in the media, among friends, but also topics that interest you and do not...


only relate to your personal affairs. Many people are afraid to discuss controversial topics because they are afraid of conflicts, quarrels and stormy emotions associated with it. In general, we tend to avoid conflicts, and yet the world is full of wars and conflicts. Group processes can help us deal with very controversial topics and world conflicts. The best way to prevent conflicts and wars is to get into conflict - but with awareness, says Arnold Mindell, the inventor of this tool. What exactly does this mean? While working with various groups around the world, Mindell noticed that people often do not express their positions fully and, above all, their emotions and values connected to them. This is why people go on to defend their point of view and cannot listen to other parties. He helped people express their opinions, fears and feelings in full, and brought awareness to what was happening in the group as a whole. Group processes are held in the spirit of deep democracy and with the help of facilitators. At the beginning, each person can suggest different topics that interest him / her. The topics are written down, and then one topic will be chosen by voting. The topic with the most votes wins. During a discussion we often encounter two sides that polarize the given topic. Using the awareness attitude of deep democracy, we try to embody and express all positions and feelings associated with them. Participants can change sides and try out the arguments and values of the other side. Especially expressing what is difficult and unacceptable, strange and contradictory leads to greater insight and a better understanding of the whole. When we go back and forth and try different places, we increase our awareness around the topic and discover that each place has its specific energy, its truth. If we get to know the values, which are hidden on both sides, we can integrate and use them with consciousness in our lives.





"Deep democracy is based on the feeling that the world helps us to become fully ourselves, and we help the world to become a whole."

Arnold Mindell

GROUP PROCESS

The group process is a process work tool for exploring various topics, mainly social ones. These can be topics that are in public discussion, in the media, among friends, but also topics that interest you and do not...


only relate to your personal affairs. Many people are afraid to discuss controversial topics because they are afraid of conflicts, quarrels and stormy emotions associated with it. In general, we tend to avoid conflicts, and yet the world is full of wars and conflicts. Group processes can help us deal with very controversial topics and world conflicts. The best way to prevent conflicts and wars is to get into conflict - but with awareness, says Arnold Mindell, the inventor of this tool. What exactly does this mean? While working with various groups around the world, Mindell noticed that people often do not express their positions fully and, above all, their emotions and values connected to them. This is why people go on to defend their point of view and cannot listen to other parties. He helped people express their opinions, fears and feelings in full, and brought awareness to what was happening in the group as a whole. Group processes are held in the spirit of deep democracy and with the help of facilitators. At the beginning, each person can suggest different topics that interest him / her. The topics are written down, and then one topic will be chosen by voting. The topic with the most votes wins. During a discussion we often encounter two sides that polarize the given topic. Using the awareness attitude of deep democracy, we try to embody and express all positions and feelings associated with them. Participants can change sides and try out the arguments and values of the other side. Especially expressing what is difficult and unacceptable, strange and contradictory leads to greater insight and a better understanding of the whole. When we go back and forth and try different places, we increase our awareness around the topic and discover that each place has its specific energy, its truth. If we get to know the values, which are hidden on both sides, we can integrate and use them with consciousness in our lives.





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