Individuation Dialectic (ID) is the process which is at the heart of all Personal Power programmes. It is an empathic, depth-oriented and highly efficient therapeutic method for increasing resilience and efficacy, presence and vitality as well as for supporting cognitive-social-emotional development.
ID supports individuals tap into latent capacities and bring them online while releasing unhelpful, limiting and inflexible ways of being. ID clears the way for individuals to develop ways of being which are more efficacious, adaptive and resilient.
At the core of the method is a creative synthesis which integrates and recalibrates the emotional patterns and triggers behind unhelpful impulses and behaviours so that individuals develop greater coherence between their higher intentions and their actions; it helps create alignment between what they value most and how they prioritise their choices and actions.
ID prompts a subtle and an almost effortless emergence of new ways of being and doing.
What Makes ID So Effective?
ID is a facilitated process which invites changes in how you feel, think and take action. By identifying implicit patterns and biases in perception, this process helps shed a light on those problematic, and often distressing, inner patterns which stand in the way your capacity and ability to relate and take action with greater presence, ease and more skilfully. ID goes further by eliminating those patterns.
Through leveraging the brains very own built-in neurobiological processes for responding, adapting to and coping with the contexts and situations we find ourselves in, ID intervenes at the deeper level of ones’ embodiment by effectively “re-wiring” mind-body conditioning. This includes implicit and emotionally-charged mental models, belief and value systems which affect the way we show up in the world and as a consequence, how we behave, make decisions and take action.
The dynamics of our cognitive and emotional faculties are the cumulative result of our evolving and often unconscious psychological development over our lifetime; habits, conditioning and coping strategies, while initially developed as a response to experiences, tend become rigid, ineffective and even inappropriate (as experienced when we get triggered or whilst in the clutches of acute stress).
In scientific terms, ID enables transformational learning by actuating the brains neuroplasticity for unlearning unhelpful embodied patterns and integrating a more helpful and adaptive embodiment during every single ID session.
Does Individuation Dialectic Have any Scientific Basis?
Yes. There is well-documented and replicated research from multiple disciplines which gives weight to the methodology behind ID. A key finding which supports the credibility of ID is research that has identified the natural capacities of the brains’ ability to unlearn and re-learn deeply held emotional truths. It is a phenomenon which the scientific community has labelled memory reconsolidation and it works via re-processing implicit memory. Implicit memory is embodied in the nervous system and is experienced at a felt level rather than as factual, autobiographical or visual memories – though ID uses these types of memory as routes in to implicit memory. For more see the work of Nobel prize-winner and neuroscientist Eric R. Kandel (Milner, B., Squire, L. R., & Kandel, E. R. (1998). Cognitive neuroscience and the study of memory. Neuron, 20, 445–468. doi:10.1016/s0896-6273(00)80987-3).
Each session literally involves the unlocking and relocking of synapses which are the pathways between neural networks. The result is a release/adaption of implicit mental schemas that had previously been inhibiting, restrictive or problematic for the individual in relation to some part of their reality
What do ID Sessions Involve?
During the preparatory stage we’ll work to identify the areas and goals you want to focus on and where you might be working against your goals. From there, during each session, we will release a pattern that you will have recognised as a very real and palpable barrier to your progress and growth. By the end of a multi-session program you will have developed a new depth of awareness, a sense of ease and presence around those very things which previously would have triggered distress, and a greater confidence in yourself, your situation and challenges.
How Will Each Session Benefit Me?
Each session involves an exploration of the embodiment and the history of specific limiting patterns and mental models. There is almost always more than one unconscious reason for certain behaviours which inhibit, restrict or create problems. You might be aware of how a particular behaviour might be holding you back and where it gets triggered, yet you may feel helpless in changing that behaviour since acting out the behaviour feels out of your control; triggering feelings are emotionally charged beliefs that reinforce the undesired behaviour. By first uncovering the belief/emotional patterns, each session aims to transform those patterns by untangling the automatic ways of making meaning and making space for a more consonant, generative and coherent narrative to emerge.
The result of this is a greater sense of ease, less reactivity, an expansiveness and a greater depth of presence. This is a process which ultimately contributes to our developmental growth, which some psychologists call individuation, and not only actualising our potential but also supporting our overall wellbeing.
Individuation Dialectic can benefit people from all backgrounds and in all types of contexts whether professional, relational, spiritual or personal. Below are some examples of areas where ID has supported individuals:
You can find more examples of how ID can be applied here.
What is the History of Individuation Dialectic?
As the developer of Individuation Dialectic allow me to share some background and the schools of knowledge that have influenced and informed ID’s development.
Individuation Dialectic shared its formative years with my journey into developmental coaching and understanding constructive developmental psychology as well as my journey in healing my own Complex-PTSD. It leans heavily on the findings of developmental psychologists such as Jean Piaget, Dr. Robert Kegan’s (Harvard) and Dr. Jeffrey E. Young. However what’s different about ID is that it has been developed and is informed by an Integral meta-frame. The Integral frame is based on the work of Ken Wilber who is best known for his work to synthesize theories on consciousness and human development.
Using the Integral frame as a general guide, the development of ID is informed by very diverse fields: phenomenology, structuralism, cognitive and social science, neurophysiology, hermeneutics and systems theory.
In practice ID’s development leveraged findings from cognitive and neuroscience and incorporates approaches outlined in dialectical constructivism, psychosomatics and constructivist psychology. ID’s evolution has been and continues to be informed by developmental psychology, schema theory and object relations theory and others associated with the latter such as attachment theory.
An integrative approach is designed to develop a greater coherence between an individuals’ cognitive, social and emotional intelligence and the physiological processes that mediate perception, thoughts and behaviours; all of which are significant factors which influence the quality of our lives, our leadership and our level of self-efficacy.
Is this psychotherapy?
Individuation Dialectic is most closely aligned with neuropsychotherapy in that it integrates neuroscientific knowledge in its application. Individuation Dialectic is highly structured and focused, and is unlike talk therapy (such as CBT) in its application or outcomes. It is also often adapted for use within a broader coaching frame. ID sessions can incorporate somatics and depth psychology to contribute to psychological, emotional and relational health and maturity.
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