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INTRODUCTION TO THINKING AT THE EDGE By Eugene T. Gendlin, Ph.D. Click to download PDF

TAE Groups continue in 2020
TAE Study Group: Wednesdays 11:00 am – 12:15 pm  Pacific time bi-weekly
TAE Practice Group: Tuesdays 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Pacific time weekly
TAE ‘Project Group’: next meeting TBA

* Inspirations from OAK FREED & NADA LOU August 31, 2020
“Notes from Three Chunks of TAE with Gene Gendlin”

Notes from Three Chunks of TAE with Gene Gendlin with appreciation to Nada Lou & Oak Freed ~ posted by Oak Freed August 31, 2020 (font 20)

 

* Inspirations from Mary Jennings article
* Writings by Gene * Film with Gene and Mary
Review Step 0 formulated by Kye Nelson
Review Steps 1–5 Words from the felt sense
Review Steps 6–8 Facets
Review Steps 9–14 Theory
Review Steps 0–14  Theory continuing

Thinking At the Edge

  • Thinking Fundamentally: Kye Nelson’s formulation of in-depth, 14-step TAE, includes instructions for “step 0”, which helps to position a thinker where they are likely to have a fundamental contribution to make in their field. This formulation of TAE centers on practical knowhow that ordinary people can use to create theories with “magnetism”,

Course Resources

Included in the resources available for this course is an online interactive forum

if you wish to have Credits  let us know prior to the first class.

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  • Continuing Education Credits (CEC) awarded by The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
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Thinking At the Edge (TAE), “like Focusing, is a practice developed from the Philosophy of the Implicit. It is a set of exact steps to develop a fresh use of language”.

Thinking At the Edge (TAE), like Focusing, is a practice developed from the Philosophy of the Implicit.

It is a set of exact steps to develop a fresh use of language and a new kind of theory to speak from something in one’s field which one knows but has not been able to say or write.  This is a way to say something that can restructure the basic terms and practices in a field, rather than only being able to say what fits the current viewpoint.

Current science, social policy and human relations tend to exclude the intricacy of the individual’s experience. TAE is a way to think and speak about our world and ourselves by generating terms from a “felt sense”.  Such terms formulate experiential intricacy, rather than turning everything we think about into externally viewed objects.  Language and concepts that emerge directly from experience can point to aspects of experience that cannot otherwise be formulated.

Video Thinking at the Edge with Mary Hendricks and Gene Gendlin

About this video and more TAE videos …

Additional TAE resources

Grassroots Introduction to Thinking at the Edge Manual
This Manual is designed to provide guidance for working on your own TAE projects. It follows closely material presented on the “TAE in 14 Steps” video tapes.

TAE in 14 Steps DVDs
Thinking At The Edge in 14 Steps (2002) DVD #1 (121 minutes) and DVD #2 (114 minutes)  with Eugene T. Gendlin Ph.D.  “You need to stand again in your own experiencing … in your own felt ongoingness, which is that intricate complexity inside of life … to put into the world what hasn’t been said yet that you are carrying from your particular experience.”

Thinking Freshly from Experiencing DVDs
How Gendlin’s Philosophy of the Implicit helps you Think at the Edge with Eugene T.Gendlin Ph.D. and Nada Lou. In this two-part DVD, you will have the opportunity not only to follow the Thinking at the Edge practice step by step, but to hear many of The Philosophy of the Implicit (POI) concepts explained by its creator and originator Dr. Gene Gendlin in refined and accessible ways. Set includes 2 DVD’s.

Thinking Freshly from Experiencing Transcript

German TAE DVD Video: Denken wo worte noch fehlen – TAE German

Qualitative research with TAE steps. Thinking at the edge: Theory and Applicationsby  Satoko Tokumaru (translated into English by Mariyo Kida). Hiroshima: Keisuisha. ISBN: ISBN 978-4-86327-145-6 C3011. (2011)

  • Thinking Fundamentally: Kye Nelson’s formulation of in-depth, 14-step TAE, includes instructions for “step 0”, which helps to position a thinker where they are likely to have a fundamental contribution to make in their field. This formulation of TAE centers on practical knowhow that ordinary people can use to create theories with “magnetism”,

The Tricycle Effect
How to think further with focusing
by Mary Jennings
Note from Katarina:  Here is the story given to us by Mary Jennings for a teleconference we hosted in March 2009, and in November 2009 the story was published by Ann Weiser Cornell in ‘The Focusing Connection’.   Click this link The Tricycle Effect for our study page with a few highlights and the section headings to further our learning and illustrate the TAE process.  As with many pages on our site you can leave a reply and begin a discussion.  Here are direct links to each section of our study page:

The Tricycle Effect How to think further with focusing by Mary Jennings, first written in 2007

Section Headings:

A kind of patience

From private to public

Lots of instances

Expanding the concept

Significant fleeting encounters

The Tricycle Effect

Changed concept, changed way of living

The power of focusing

 

Nada Lou’s YouTube clip: Focusing with Eugene Gendlin Ph.D, with Chinese subtitles. Transcript to Chinese for this clip was contributed with gratitude by Henry Chen and Li Ming.   Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGdVF0REu7k

Notes from Three Chunks of TAE with Gene Gendlin with appreciation to Nada Lou & Oak Freed ~ posted by Oak Freed August 31, 2020
Notes from Three Chunks of TAE with Gene Gendlin with appreciation to Nada Lou & Oak Freed ~ posted by Oak Freed August 31, 2020 (font 20)

With appreciation to Oak Freed, “more about Gene, Nada, and my learning about TAE . . .”
NADA LOU & OAK FREED 
Notes from Oak Freed August 31, 2020:

“You may remember that Nada recently posted a request for Focusers to share with her what they knew about TAE. I responded, and she reached out to me. We began a conversation that included her introducing me to TAE, which has been a remarkable gift.

 
Shortly after our conversations began, Nada posted a clip, “Three Chunks of TAE”, of Gene introducing a group of Focusers to TAE. I transcribed it and shifted my transcription into the first person, and eliminated most of the pronouns. When I finished this, I sent what I had written to Nada; and, in her reply, she suggested that I put my gleaning of Gene’s teaching on the Discussion List. So . . .
Notes from Three Chunks of TAE with Gene Gendlin
The Purpose of TAE
The purpose of TAE is to develop original thinking, to clearly express something that I know yet cannot clearly express.
The Fundamental Importance of Checking With the Source of the Present Felt Sense
Gene: During each of the 14 steps of TAE, checking with the source of the present felt sense is essential: I reflect what I have just said to the source of the present felt sense, then I wait for a response—Gene demonstrated the possible responses with bodily gestures accompanied by either a smile and a pleasant “Ahh” or a grimace and a discordant “Ehh”. Anything reflected that elicits an Ehh is immediately discarded. When I check with the source of my felt sense at every step in the TAE process and discard anything that elicits Ehh, then something more will come and something else will come and eventually, something will come that has a continuity [resonance?] with the present felt sense, that elicits an Ahh, and I am already moving with it; I am already at the next stage. Checking with the source of the felt sense is central to this whole TAE procedure.
The Ahh is how I can know that I am speaking from the source of the present felt sense as opposed to when I make-up something or force something onto the source of the present felt sense.
When a word or a phrase clearly speaks from the source of the felt sense, I will immediately experience a bodily knowing that that word or phrase has value to me.
 

 Dividing TAE

Gene: The whole TAE procedure can be divided into three chunks.
Chunk One – Developing Multiple Strands and Creating an Articulated Group of Terms that Interlock
The first five steps together, which comprise the first chunk, are a way to produce a lot of strands out of my topic. Where at first I only have one strand, there I say, “Okay it’s that one strand”, and the word that I use for this strand is some word that I’ve chosen (or some sentence that has that word in it), and that word doesn’t communicate the strand well enough. [I start with the topic, something that I know in me that I cannot yet express well.]

Now I go through the first five steps. I try one word; I try another word; I try a third word. None of these words work; the sentence replacing the words doesn’t work either. I get to a point where I’ve used all of the words that I can think of with no satisfactory result.
Now I ask, What would I like those words to mean?  If I could have it my way such that my chosen words would not mean generalities, would not mean thousands of meanings, would not mean different meanings to different people but rather they would mean exactly what I want them to mean, then what would I like that word to mean?
Out comes a colorful poetic sentence, poetic structure, poetic pattern, with new words in it.
I do this with all of the words that didn’t work. In this way, I end up with a number of different articulated strands.

Chunk Two – Making a Theory from Instances
 Steps 6-9 are about making a theory which requires first creating an articulated group of terms that interlock, which was accomplished in Chunk One.
Now I want some instances, Gene calls these facets, of what I am striving to articulate because any real thing that has happened has an endless amount of intricacy in it; and, if I want to know more about that instance, then I can “go into” that instance: Oh, there’s this and that and this is related to that and what I really like was how this came with that, and if I lift some of that out of the instance, then I can add it [to the theory?] and make a more complex, more articulated pattern.

Chunk Three – Making Logic
In steps 10-14, after I have made the logic, everything will seem as if comes from that logic: I have certain terms, certain connections, and everything follows from that, but actually the terms and connections come from my experience.
In this last part of TAE, there are precise ways to make [create?] the logical terms which, afterwards, look like everything came from them.”
 
[Posted by Oak Freed Focusing-discussion list August 31, 2020]
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