The Work of Byron Katie: An Experiential Workshop

Jürgen M. Schmitt, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin Luise Str. 12, 14195 Berlin, Deutschland

"Men are disturbed, not by things, but by the principles and notions which they form concerning things." This sentence of the greek philosopher Epictetus is widely quoted in the psychological literature. It stays, however, in the realm of philosophical ideas, unless it is brought into everyday life. One way to experience the practical psychological benefits that can be derived from Epictetus' insight is "The Work of Byron Katie", which is enjoying increasing popularity in recent years. The Work is a simple yet powerful way to question disturbing cognitions. The usual effects are a relief from inner stress and cognitive restructuring leading to a more sane and balanced view and in consequence to increased well-being. The clear and ordered structure of the process makes it suitable for personal and unsupported use of the client after a brief learning period. In this workshop, The Work will be demonstrated with volunteers using practical experiential exercises.

Workshop am Donnerstag, dem 13. Juli 2006, 13:30 Uhr auf der 7th World Conference for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling