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The Liminal Space. What it is the “liminal space"? Etymology: from the Latin “limen” meaning a threshold. . Limbo and Liminoid. Near Enemies: - Limbo: from the Latin “limbus” meaning on the edge. - Liminoid: Victor Turner, 1974.-common in Western Societies. Anthropological Roots.

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The liminal space
The Liminal Space

What it is the “liminal space"?

Etymology: from the Latin “limen” meaning a threshold.


Limbo and liminoid
Limbo and Liminoid

Near Enemies:

- Limbo: from the Latin “limbus” meaning on the edge.

- Liminoid: Victor Turner, 1974.-common in Western Societies.


Anthropological roots
Anthropological Roots

Structure

Time

Rituals

States of Consciousness

Beings

Place

Ethnographic Research and Therapy.


But this is not our world
But this is not our World.

Individualism

Capitalism,

Positivist science.

Social and political repercussions

Implications for coaching and consulting and therapy.


An individualistic approach to gestalt psychotherapy theory
An Individualistic Approach To Gestalt Psychotherapy Theory.

Gestalt prayer.

Figure bound.

The Contact Cycle.


Gestalt cycle
Gestalt Cycle

Support as that which enables

Action

Contact

Mobilisation

Decision point Choice!

Final Contact

Awareness

Satisfaction

Withdrawal

Sensation

Void


An individualistic approach to gestalt psychotherapy theory1
An Individualistic Approach To Gestalt Psychotherapy Theory.

Agentic culture.

Cathartic

Self-support,

Support as "that which enables".

Will.


A paradigm shift
A Paradigm Shift.

  • Emphasis on Relational Approaches—the “between”.

  • Introduction of Liminal Space-the “between” of the field.


A liminal model i
A Liminal Model I

  • Focus on context.

  • Buber: The “between”.

  • Heidegger: Dasein

  • Merleau-Ponty: Embodied Relationality.


A liminal model ii
A Liminal Model II

  • Gadamer:- Hermeneutics.

  • Whitehead-Process Relational Philosophy

  • Neuroscience.

  • Stern: Vitality Signs.

  • Grace


Action practices graceful living
Action Practices: Graceful Living

  • Awareness of embodied relational being-resonance

  • Mindful acknowledgement of current context

  • Appraisal of options

  • Simultaneous focus on phenomenological indicators of mobilisation/excitement


Action practices graceful living1
Action Practices: Graceful Living

  • Containment of action

  • Experimentation with first steps-resourcing

  • Reflections on impact

  • Commitment to the unfolding process

  • Review, rehearse, and reflect.


Liminal gestalt cycle
Liminal Gestalt Cycle

Liminoid

Support as that which Accompanies

Awareness

Sensation

Emergent Action

Field/Relational

Inaction

In Contact

Mobilisation

The Liminal Space

Full Contact

Awareness

Satisfaction

Limbo

Withdrawal

Sensation

Context


Implications for gestalt theory praxis
Implications for Gestalt Theory & Praxis

Will and Grace

Structures of ground.

Increase in influence of paradoxical theory of change.

Perspectival, existential.


Implications
Implications

Openness to being affected.

Support as that which accompanies.

Co-emergent

Responsiveness.


Implications1
Implications

Change as a constantly emergent connection with a dynamic interconnected universe.

Therapy as accompaniment.


SUMMARY:

  • Focus on Containment

  • Accompaniment

  • Mindfulness

  • Holistic Neuroscience

  • Impact Vs Intention.


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