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Process Oriented Psychology

The coming into being of process oriented psychology (POP) lies at the beginning of the 1970s. Arnold Mindell, physicist, psychologist and training analyst at the CG Jung Institute Zurich, discovered that it was possible to work with body signals just as well as with dream images. Both approaches led to the same processes and also increased each other’s potential. Mindell coined the concept of the ‘dreambody’ for the suspected unity of these two.

This ‘dreambody work’ developed from, initially, a body-focused variation of analytical casework, to an increasingly more universal tool for working with more complex processes involving humans; such as relationships, families, and encounter-type groups. Together with his partner, Amy, and other first generation students, Mindell developed process oriented psychology in its fullest breadth during the 1980s and 1990s; working with people who are dying, with coma patients and people in altered states of consciousness, to working with organisations and worldwork in heated conflicts involving large groups with up to 1,000 people.

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