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Marjorie Schuman, Ph.D

INQUIRING DEEPLY:Cultivating Intimacy with Self and Other

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Inviting Deep Emotional Understanding

The problems we experience in our relationships with others are among the major sources of pain in human life.  The central focus in my work is to help people explore their unique life experience and make sense of their difficulties in a way which is both deeply meaningful and healing.   

The focus in “Inquiring Deeply” is deepening your understanding of your emotional life. By exploring your relationship with other people, you cultivate self-awareness; by exploring your relationship with yourself, you cultivate more harmonious relationships with others.

It is only when we can be sufficiently intimate with ourselves that we can be comfortable with others.  Self-intimacy means feeling connected to all parts of ourselves and the full range of our experiences – especially those parts that we may dislike or that make us feel uncomfortable, ashamed, or vulnerable. This means having the courage to embrace whatever we find, including painful judgments we hold about ourselves or others.

Deep Self-Inquiry

Problems are the leading edge or horizon of change in our lives. Analogous to physical pain, they show us what in the psyche is in need of our attention.

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