How our psyche functions
- The unconscious
What the unconscious is, where it comes from and how it works.
How we protect and defend ourselves from unpleasant feelings.
- The Superego
The superego that, in irrational ways, makes us adhere to lots of rules.
- Working through feelings
How working through your feelings (or 'processing') helps to deal with the problems that the unconscious causes.
- Our memory
When we work through feelings, we work with our memory. To understand what it is that you're doing, it's good to know about our Implicit and Explicit Memory.
- Feelings and processing
When successfully working through feelings of deficiency, we arrive at base qualities of our psyche.
Exercises for working through feelings
- Introduction to the exercises
The exercises here are for gradually getting you to develop the skill of working through feelings.
- Your biography
It is very useful to write a biography of yourself, in order to get an overview of the feelings that play a role in your life.
- Describe pictures
Exercise your ability to name and recognize feelings and emotions. Describe the feelings you see that the people in the pictures are feeling.
- Stream of consciousness
This exercise is for developing the ability to be aware of what's going on in you. This can be quite helpful with working through your feelings.
- Attention in your body
We have a tendency to worry and daydream, and not be in touch with our feelings because of that. Here's how to deal with that.
- Feeling the Inner Child
The feelings in you as an adult, coming from when you were a child, are called the Inner Child. These influence a lot of your actions and feelings.
- Processing feelings of relating
In order to work through feelings where you relate to someone or something, it helps to check out a few things.
- Eliza - Electronic therapist
Be supported in exploring your feelings, by chatting with this electronic therapist.
- Energy and Intent
How the unconscious relates to the subjects of the other sections of this website.
Our psyche can seem both self-evident and elusive. This has to do with the fact that the "unconscious" is such an important part of it.
We can get angry, ashamed, or afraid of things that are not really that bad. Yet, it doesn't seem easy to change those reactions. We can get hurt by what people say about us. We want others to have a good impression of us, and we lie to avoid problems. We say that some people have a "big ego."
In order to get a better grip on these things, it helps to understand more of how the psyche functions and to develop the skill of working through feelings.