Focusing

This is part 17 of 30 of Hammertime. Click here for the intro.

You know how they say we only use 10 percent of our brains? I think we only use 10 percent of our hearts.

~ Owen Wilson

It is with some trepidation that I venture into the “fuzzy System 1” side of instrumental rationality. I worry that these introspective techniques optimize too much for cathartic eureka moments, and that the resulting feelings far overstate their true value.

Nevertheless, there is a definite power to these methods. You have subconscious beliefs, values, and strategies that you’re unaware of, or at least can’t articulate. Gendlin’s Focusing is a starting point for plumbing these hidden depths.

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