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Gendlin, E.T. (1997). A process model. New York: The Focusing Institute.

Recent articles by Gendlin not yet added to the Library

Gendlin, E.T. (2013). The derivation of space. In Cruz-Pierre, A. and D.A. Landes (Eds.), Exploring the work of Edward S. Casey: Giving voice to place, memory, and imagination. Bloomsbury Academic.

Gendlin, E.T. (2013). Arakawa and Gins: the Organism-Person-Environment Process. In Keane, J. and Glazebrook, T (Eds.) Arakawa and Gins Special Issue of Inflexions Journal, No. 6: 225-236

Gendlin, E.T. (2012). Process generates structures: Structures alone don't generate process. The Folio, 23 (1), 3-13.

Gendlin, E.T. (2012). The time of the explicating process. In S. C. Koch, T. Fuchs, & C. Müller (Eds.), Body memory, metaphor and movement. Amsterdam: John Benjamins (forthcoming). Gendlin's article appears in this volume as a response to an article by Thomas Fuchs titled "Body memory."

Gendlin, E.T. (2012). Body dreamwork. In McNamara, Patrick & Barrett, Deirdre (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams, Praeger Press (forthcoming).

Gendlin, E.T. (2012). Implicit precision. In Z. Radman (Ed.), Knowing without thinking: The theory of the background in philosophy of mind, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2012).

Gendlin, E.T. (2009). What first and third person processes really are. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 16, No. 10–12, 2009, pp. 332–62.

Gendlin, E.T. (2009). We can think with the implicit, as well as with fully formed concepts. In Karl Leidlmair (Ed.), After cognitivism: A reassessment of cognitive science and philosophy. Springer. pp. 147-161.

Gendlin, E.T. (2009). A changed ground for precise cognition. In Donata Schoeller, Vera Saller (eds): Thinking Thinking: Practicing Radical Reflection. Phenomenology, Pragmatism, Psychotherapy. Schriftenreihe zur phänomenologischen Anthropologie und Psychopathologie. Freiburg: Alber 2016. (35 pp.).

Gendlin, E.T. (2008). Vision statement for focusing - action steps and projects. The Folio, 21 (1), 367-376. This text is available, in a revised version, at

Biographic Note

Eugene T. Gendlin is a seminal American philosopher and psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and taught there from 1963 to 1995. His philosophical work is concerned especially with the relationship between logic and implicit intricacy. Philosophy books include Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning, Language Beyond Post-Modernism: Saying and Thinking in Gendlin's Philosophy edited by David Michael Levin, (fourteen commentaries and Gendlin’s replies), and A Process Model. There is a world wide network of applications and practices ( stemming from this philosophy.

Gendlin has been honored three times by the American Psychological Association for his development of Experiential Psychotherapy. He was a founder and editor for many years of the Association’s Clinical Division Journal, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. His book Focusing has sold over half a million copies and has appeared in seventeen languages. His psychology-related books are Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.

What Does The Library Contain?

The library contains an extensive collection of Gendlin's works ranging from 1950 to the present, including a number of unpublished articles. The library will be updated as new articles are written and/or older ones are prepared for the internet.

The Function of the Library

The online library provides quick and easy access so anyone can learn about the Philosophy of the Implicit, Thinking at the Edge, Focusing, and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, as well as applications of the philosophy in other areas.

How to Navigate the Library

The articles are grouped by theme and within each theme there are further groupings to guide the user. The most substantial sections of the library are the Philosophy of the Implicit and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy thematic groups. Many documents are in more than one group.

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Primary Bibliography

The Primary Bibliography of Eugene T. Gendlin has been compiled and maintained by Frans Depestele, M.D., M.A. philosophy, with meticulous care over many years. It is the backbone which made the Library possible. It is updated periodically. Each item in the library has a link in the Reader’s Note, to the reference in the Bibliography.


The Gendlin Online Library project was made possible through grants from The Joseph and Diane Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Educational Alliance and from 79 individual donors from the international Focusing community.

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