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why coach introspection?

Introspective techniques can produce varied and tailored knowledge about oneself, or they can fail to generate any feasible conceptions at all. Using them does not automatically imply results, and unexpected effects may be achieved without having intended to. It is possible to form misleading concepts because the act of thinking about ourselves isn't necessarily correlated with knowing ourselves. When we rush to relocate from the "cult of experts"1 to the "cult of ourselves," we may end up with self-obsession.

The clouded process of introspection may eventually turn into a chronic rumination. Each time we escape into obsessive thinking, it whispers us into a false sense of certainty that we’ve identified the real problem and its origins. We will continue to examine the same obvious issue by connecting it with the most readily available explanation. The society that considers that we can be anything we want2 to be, religiously believes in the supremacy of reasoning. The mind that comes from a culture of achievement, where our identity is based on what we prove to know, is conditioned to be loyal to objectivity of causality. Inability to give up an absolute belief in causality constitutes a mental failing3, despite all plausible definitions.

We can spend an infinite of time reflecting, but we will emerge with no more useful insights than we began with. Shifting away from an analytical to the “resolving” approach helps us to move forward for real. However, we still need to develop the capacity for a phenomenological inquiry4, the ability to hold several contradictory or paradoxical ideas about ourselves in our minds at the same time. It is to penetrate the layers of appearances and to orient toward “revealment before judgment”. With a "letting be" attitude, perceive whether we find value in "this" interpretation, each time, with the new pair of eyes, renouncing "closure". There is no final truth, but each 'next' truth is another sturdy stone — the material to pave our way. We then realize that the path is nonlinear and nonsensical, but it makes perfect sense to us.

who is a good coach?

  1. cult of experts

  2. operative mythological image

  3. unpsychological thinking giegerich

  4. heidegger husserl hermeneutic phenomenology

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