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What is TAE?

TAE is an abbreviation for Thinking At the Edge, and it is a way of thinking co-developed by Eugene Gendlin and Mary Hendlicks. Procedures are made up of preface and 14 steps and in Folio volume 19 (pp12-24). Now, you can browse both English and Japanese Versions (Translated by Tadayuki Murasato) of the Website, The Focusing Institute(http://www.focusing.org) . Also the Tokumaru and Kida co-translated version is included in 『QUALITATIVE RESEARCH WITH TAE STEPS- THINKING AT THE EDGE : Theory and Applications』.

At the preface, Gendlin explains “THINGKING AT THE EDGE” is a systematic way to articulate in new terms something which needs to be said but is at first only an inchoate “bodily sense” . TAE is a method for giving expressions to something you can’t explain but you are sure what it is like(something meaningful or feeling sensation). In other words, TAE is the method for verbalizing experiences from lessons.

TAE follows method illustrated below; it proposes formats at first to felt sense, and secondly it responds to them. This cycle produces Word or Term, which is tangible, from felt sense(feeling sensation), which is intangible. Word/Term is one of the formats. Instruction of the form is also one of them.

TAE extracts experienced lessons systematically. By following the instruction and filling out the form, felt sense, an experienced lesson, gradually changes into “Word” or “Term”. *Numbers in blanks are TAE Step’s numbers which made by Contriver of TAE, Gendlin

※In () is the number of TAE step of inventor Gendlin.


#My Sentence
My sentence is a short sentence, similar to poem line that compacts the essences of an individual's felt sense. By focusing on and recalling the felt sense* of oneself and empathizing others, we can navigate our thoughts and behaviors.
*Felt Sense
The felt sense is a meaningful sense that an individual feels by suiting the situations and gaining experiences.
Everyone feels the Felt Sense on a daily basis, and it navigates our thoughts and behaviors. Occasionally some people may not be aware of it, but they can feel it by self-reflection.
The pattern is a short sentence extracting general relationship (how things work) from specific experiences. It may appear in other experiences, and it helps us to predict and discover commonality.
#Conceptual System
The conceptual system is a short sentence expressing the concepts of values by connecting keywords. It responds coherently according to the situation. It works as a behavioral principal of an individual or an organization beyond time and place.

In this Website, you will mainly implement; Part Ⅰ if you start Point Course 1 or Speed Course 1; Part Ⅱ if you work on Point Course 2 or Speed Course 2; or Part Ⅲ if you work on Point Course 3 or Speed Course 3. You will implement all three parts at Standard Course.

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