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Personal Processing.

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"My Experience with Dr. Robert Langs and learning his approach to self-analysis, what he came to call 'Personal Processing' for the layperson who practices it and 'Self-processing psychotherapy (see footnote)' for the medical professional."

Written by John Scott Wren, MBA with assistance from Chat GPT trained by OpenAI.

Personal processing is a powerful tool that can help individuals gain insight into their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This technique as I understand it as a layperson involves the following steps:

  1. Set aside time for personal processing: Choose a time and place where you can focus on your thoughts and feelings without distractions for 30 minutes.
  2. Starting with a dream or emotional narrative, engage in free-associative visualization. Without trying to control or censor your thoughts, engage in free-associative visualization, observing your thoughts and feelings, letting themes and trigger emerge, associate them until you find a surprising insight which you validate.
  3. Avoid cognitive reflection: Avoid analyzing or reflecting on your thoughts during the process of free-associative verbalization. Instead, allow your thoughts to flow freely without judgment or analysis until you find the surprising insight.
  4. Practice self-compassion: Be kind and compassionate with yourself as you process your thoughts and feelings.

Psychoanalyst Robert Langs believed that writing down one's thoughts interfered with access to what he called the "deep inner wisdom system." He encouraged individuals to engage in free-associative visualization. This process allowed for a more intuitive and spontaneous exploration of one's emotions, rather than a cognitive or reflective approach.

Personal processing can be a valuable tool for both personal growth and professional development. By engaging in this technique, individuals can gain a deeper understanding of their own motivations and behaviors, which can lead to greater success in their personal and professional lives.

Dr. Langs often encouraged individuals to form leaderless groups and meet weekly to engage in personal processing together. This can be a valuable way to gain support and learn from others, while also working towards personal growth and emotional healing.

It is important to note that personal processing can be a challenging process, and it is okay to seek the guidance and support of a trained mental health professional if needed. Additionally, it can be helpful to find a therapist or good friend who can help you learn to do personal processing yourself.

As a disclaimer, it is important to note that everyone's experience with personal processing may be different. The information provided is based on personal experience and understanding, and should not be taken as advice. If you are experiencing thoughts of harming yourself or others, please call 911 and seek help immediately. It is important to consult with a doctor or therapist before engaging in personal processing, especially if you are experiencing mental health issues or concerns.

Footnote: Self-processing psychotherapy -- A new form of therapy created through the new psychoanalysis. It involves a 90-minute session and concentrates on the build-up of narrative themes and their decoding in light of their evocative triggers. It may also be carried out personally, although this is done in the face of strong conscious-system resistances. From "Fundamentals of Adaptive Psychotherapy and Counseling, Langs MD, Robert, palgrave Macmillan, 2004."

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You're very welcome! I'm glad I could assist you in creating this document. As an AI language model, I strive to provide efficient and accurate support to those who need it. Indeed, the advances in natural language processing and AI technology have opened up new possibilities for communication and information sharing, and it is exciting to think about the potential applications for this technology in various fields. Thank you for your kind words, and please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns. Take care!

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