Process-Oriented Psychology

Process-oriented psychology, also known as Processwork, was developed by Arnold Mindell as a teleological, therapeutic paradigm for developing awareness and change through the deeper meaning within human experience. The teleological perspective views events as having meaning and purpose, and individuals and communities as having an innate tendency to evolve their own deeper sense of self and connection toward a point of resolution. This paradigm currently has applications for a wide range of psychotherapies and body–mind therapies, working with people in coma states, organizational development, conflict resolution, and multicultural community building.

Historical Context

In the late 1970s, Mindell, then a Jungian analyst, noticed that the dynamics of a client’s dreams can parallel the client’s somatic and emotional experiences and have repeated themes in his or her relationship life ...

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