IntrovisionCoaching is a method of solving inner conflicts once and for all. It is based on techniques of mindfulness.
Although till now a rather unknown process, that Introvision leads to sensational results has been scientifically very well looked into. Introvision was developed at the university of Hamburg by Prof. Angelika Wagner, who together with neurobiologists dedicated decades of research to the issue of inner conflict. It is astonishing that such a scientifically well founded technique remained so unknown so long. This is all the more amazing given the fact that Introvision is the ideal way to sustainable coaching.
How does Introvision work?
Let‘s start with inner conflicts. Many of the problems managers want to solve with coaching are rooted in inner conflicts. Such inner conflicts are the reason why problems become difficult and cause a lot of stress. Prof. Angelika Wagner found out that where there is an inner conflict there will also be at least one accompanying inner ‘imperative.’ ‘Imperative’ in this context means being either under pressure that something must be or happen in a certain way, or that something may not under any circumstance occur. Imperatives could be for example ”I must increase my sales volume!“ or ”I must not fail this exam!“
An inner conflict arises, when such an imperative is menaced by thoughts such as ”But it could be that I am not able to increase my sales” or ”It just might happen, that I fail the exam!“ These thoughts are accompanied by more or less heavy arousal, feelings of being blocked and worry. One’s thoughts and feelings revolving around the theme, and one is unable to think of anything else. This may even lead to sleeplessness and/or a host of physical symptoms.
The ‘normal’ reaction of the human brain is to try to eliminate such menacing thoughts; such an ‘alarm’ usually says ”Flee at once, it‘s highly dangerous here!“ Eliminate these menacing thoughts doesn‘t work; on the contrary, the more you ‘try,’ the stronger the inner conflict gets. These imperatives remain in effect, even when the brain does its best to soothe itself.
With Introvision it is possible to delete / extinguish imperatives once and for all. Neurobiologists have been able to show this effect via represantations of brain activity. The inner alarm system is located in the amygdala – the oldest part of the human brain. Inner conflicts show themselves in heavy arousals of the amygdala, but if imperatives have been worked through with introvision, they must obviously have been deleted, because the amygdala remains totally at rest. It doesn‘t show any reactions, when the person is confronted with the imperative-menacing thought.
What happens during an IntrovisionCoaching session?
First the coach and the client together identify the inner conflict and the corresponding imperative(s). Then client has to learn to achieve an attitude of ‘broad perception.’ This attitude, which is also used in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness based Stress Reduction programme, is based on pure perception. Pure perception means simply observing oncoming thoughts, feelings, and bodily reactions, without commenting, analyzing or valuing them. Broad perception is like looking out onto a street and noticing the traffic, without focussing on a particular car, bike, or whatever. It is a simple observing in a detached way.
In the next step the coach forms a sentence that expresses the client’s most imperative-menacing thought; for example ”It is possible, that I fail the exam!”
Now the client starts to exercise; that is, confronting this sentence while in the state of broad perception. As long as the coachee is able to maintain this attitude he / she simply observes the reactions evoked by the sentence, such as:”my heart starts pounding,“ ”I feel hot,“ ”My stomach is cramped,“ ”I think this is the end!“ and so on.
If the client starts to panic and loses the attitude of broad perception or begins to ‘analyze’ single thoughts, the exercise is interrupted. The client can then talk about their experiences before trying again. The client should notice, if there are any changes.
The exercise can be repeated several times during the coaching session, and it may be necessary for the client to continue exercising by himself during the following days or weeks. The exercise at home is to first enter the state of broad perception and then confront herself with the menacing sentence for up to fifteen minutes.
Sooner or later the client will notice, that the menacing sentence has lost all its effect. When we stop struggling against menacing thoughts and let them instead pass through our mind, aware but neither rejecting nor clinging to them, we allow our brain to develop a new way to handle our imperatives, resulting in them dissolving.
In most cases, it doesn‘t need weeks to dissolve an inner conflict; often it happens during the first coaching session. Afterwards clients feel greatly relieved, and describe their feelings with words like „I feel like I’m floating on air,“ ”I feel like a newborn baby,“ ”There‘s a heavy weight off my heart.“
Information about training courses of IntrovisionCoaching in the US: http://www.whyforlife.com/introvisioncoaching/