A journey to yourself: existential body-oriented trainingofself-development

Vol. 23 Iss. 1 pp. 3847 | St. Petersburg State Institute of Psychology and Social Work | ISSN: 1993-8101


This article describes the experience of conducting training of personal growth and self-development. An appeal to personal problems is conducted in a symbolic key, based on the metaphor of the Path as one of the main archetypes. The Path usually starts with a traveler who goes on a journey, overcomes difficulties and becomes a Hero — a Man who committed the feat of courage, valor and dedication. Obviously, the acquisition of new skills dramatically changes the person in the eyes of other people and himself. This meaningful context («what?» is investigated in the process of work) is revealed during the training through the use of body-oriented therapy methods («how?» this study is conducted). An important task for participants is to define their own problems caused by fear, anxiety, increased unconscious self-control, patience, misrepresentation or breach in partner and parent-child relationships. The purpose of the training, therefore, is to work with personal issues using the metaphor of the Path through methods of body-oriented and existential therapy.


body-oriented therapy, existential therapy, personal growth training, self-development training, metaphor of the Path


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