Introvision-Coaching.

»A unique way to overcome internal blockages and stress.«

Introvision-Coaching is a format developed by us to achieve sustainable results with coaching. Introvision-Coaching is for us a perfect complement to transactional analysis, because transactional analysis and Introvision-Coaching are mutually reinforcing. TA’s diagnostic tools and its understanding of life history help coaching deal with difficulties that cannot be successfully addressed using classical coaching methods such as reflection or behavioral work. But TA alone is often not enough to overcome these difficulties once and for all.

We have developed a coaching format from the original Introvision, as developed at the University of Hamburg, by incorporating elements of TA and the mindfulness techniques of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. With Introvision-Coaching lasting changes can be achieved in a very short time. Changes that give clients back their ability to act, open up new possibilities for action and free them from permanent inner stress.

The Introvision-Coaching approach is essentially based on neuro-physiological and neuro-psychological insights into the role of the amygdala in the alarms that cause people to exhibit stress-related behavior. The alarm state that someone can get into is a stress response. Such stress responses have played a vital role in human evolution. The instantaneous release of stress hormones initiated by the amygdala enables people to go from zero to one hundred peak power in order to flee or fight. If someone experiences a stressful or bad situation – be it more than once, perhaps intensively over several years in childhood or adolescence, or be it just once as in the case of a trauma, but for that all the more disturbing – an alarm can form in the amygdala. This alarm is a warning: “Attention – maximum danger! This situation is to be avoided by all means”. This alarm will in future be triggered as soon as there is a danger, real or imagined, that the situation will develop in the very way that it should under no circumstances develop. The neuronal patterns formed in the brain develop in response to external influences. That is why an alarm is formed in the amygdala as a logical consequence of the unpleasant or painful experiences. Such alarms start so quickly that rational considerations originating in the cerebrum usually cannot do anything about it, because they always arrive too late.

When the alarm was installed an often unconscious behavioral instruction was formed at the same time. An instruction as to what to do or not to do in order to avoid the imminent danger. This inner instruction has a compelling character, which is why it was given the name ‘Imperative’. In this respect, an imperative means an inner demand or an inner pressure that either something absolutely must happen or must not happen under any circumstance.

Imperatives can cover everything from, for example, “I absolutely must increase my sales”, “I must not fail in any way during the presentation”, “I must ensure that everything in the team is harmonious”, to “I must not make any mistakes”. Against the background of a person’s life history, these ‘imperatives’ can be very well combined with the biographical script concept in transactional analysis.

The purpose of every alarm is to motivate people to act quickly and decisively. But an alarm costs a lot of energy and the human brain is very good at avoiding wasting energy. That is why the following sentence holds true: An alarm to which nobody reacts is pointless. A senseless alarm that no longer triggers an action is therefore deleted by the brain.

This is where IntrovisionCoaching comes in: With this method, the alarm in the amygdala is deleted, so that the stimuli that were triggering it no longer do so. Neurobiologists have demonstrated that this can be observed visually: The alarm system situated in the amygdala which displayed violent reactions during internal conflicts, remained completely calm after the imperative was deleted.

Introvision-Coaching employs the “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” program’s” mindfulness technique. This technique entails adopting an inner attitude in which one perceives without judging, by simply observing which thoughts come and go, which feelings arise, and which physical reactions occur when one exposes oneself to the thoughts that trigger the alarm. The phases of Introvision-Coaching are:

  • Problem analysis / identifying the imperative
  • Formulating the sentence that triggers the alarm
  • Training the MBSR based wide perception
  • Hearing the alarming sentence
  • Reminding the client again and again of the wide perception
  • Repeating the alarm triggering sentence
  • Focusing the client on their breathing if necessary
  • Debriefing

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