The Observing Self: A Tool Essential to Save Ourselves and Our Planet

November 24, 2014 5:17 PM

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When I mention the term "observing self" or "observing ego" most people look at me with a quizzical expression as if such talk should stay in my office. But the "observing self" has broad application in and outside the psychotherapist's terrain because it can create an awareness of self and a sense of place in the world.

The observing ego, or the split between our experience and our observation of it, Allows us to perceive and change. By contrast, without the observing self, we experience ourselves as "acted upon," or lacking control, and In the extreme, as a victim, similar to a caged animal. In short, developing a...

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