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Eugene Gendlin

Biographical Note

Eugene T. Gendlin was a seminal American philosopher and psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and taught there from 1963 to 1995. His philosophical work is concerned especially with the relationship between logic and implicit intricacy. Philosophy books include Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning, Language Beyond Post-Modernism, and A Process Model. Find a complete collection at  There is a world wide network of applications and practices ( stemming from this philosophy.

Gendlin was honored five times by the American Psychological Association for his development of Experiential Psychotherapy, including a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a founder and editor for many years of the Association’s Clinical Division Journal, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. His book Focusing has sold over half a million copies and has appeared in seventeen languages. His psychology-related books are Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.

An obituary and photos of Gendlin can be found at

What Does the Gendlin Online Library Contain?

The library contains an extensive collection of Gendlin's works ranging from 1950 to 2017, including a number of unpublished articles

The Function of the Gendlin Online Library

The online library provides quick and easy access so anyone can learn about the Philosophy of the Implicit, Thinking at the Edge, Focusing, and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, as well as applications of the philosophy in other areas.

How to Navigate the Gendlin Online Library

The articles are grouped by theme and within each theme there are further groupings to guide the user. Many documents are in more than one group.

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Library Staff

Original Project Directors - Mary Hendricks/Josiah Hincks
Original Librarian - Christina Honde
Website Project Manager – Renee La Roi
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Primary Bibliography

The Primary Bibliography of Eugene T. Gendlin was originally compiled and maintained by Frans Depestele, M.D., M.A. philosophy, with meticulous care over many years. It is the backbone which made the Library possible. A major update of the library commenced in 2022, overseen with great care by Renee La Roi.

Acknowledgment of Donors and Volunteers

The updated Gendlin Online Library project was made possible through a major grant from the Sparks Fund of RSF Social Finance, as well as many individual donations. Grants from The Joseph and Diane Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Educational Alliance and from individual donors funded the original creation of the GOL.

We are grateful to the following volunteers for their work in moving the GOL to its new site and making necessary edits and revisions: Christian Mendenhall and Elaine Goggin.

The Gendlin Online Library is a project of The International Focusing Institute, a not-for-profit organization. If you find the library useful, please contribute to its maintenance at Thank you!