The Experiencing Scale
The Experiencing Scale: A Research and Training Manual Volume
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The Dimension of Experiencing has been elaborated in the theoretical work of Eugene Gendlin. It refers to the quality of an individual's experiencing of himself as revealed in his verbal communications; it ranges from impersonal, superficial, or abstract-intellectual content at low levels, progresses through intermediate stages where bodily feelings and experiencing are revealed in fuller descriptive detail, to more advanced stages where feelings are purposefully explored and emergent levels of experiencing serve as referents for problem resolution and understanding. Its association with independent evaluations of therapeutic success is established in a number of studies with different patient populations. There is a consistent, positive relationship between successful therapeutic outcome and the experiencing level manifested by the patient throughout a series of therapy sessions. More complex findings suggest that different trends and patterns of experiencing may occur in different diagnostic groups.
The scale and rating technique can be applied to brief samples of spoken or written material from individual or group therapy sessions. Its uses are not restricted to therapy, and already the scale has been employed as a research tool to characterize the experiencing of normal subjects in different settings. For those involved in training and supervision of therapists, the scale and rating technique also offer a means of enhancing a trainee's sensitivity to patient's feelings and provides him with a frame of reference for therapeutic listening and immediate evaluation of the patient's moment-to-moment progress in the session. Intraclass reliabilities for ratings in a variety of studies are typically in the 80s.
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