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JSST. 2016;7(1): 1-38.         doi: https://doi.org/10.12964/jsst.160001
The Phenomenological Research on Experiencing the Stillpoint in Sandplay therapy*
Jung Min Boo1, and Kyu Suk Kang2
1Department of Psychotherapy & Counseling, Jeju International University, Jeju, South Korea
2Family & Child Therapist, Yangcheoun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  Published online: June 30, 2016.
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This study is a qualitative study of how the stillpoint might be experienced in sandplay therapy. we selected Van Manen’s categories for phenomenological questions and reflections: lived space, lived time, lived relations, and lived body. We added an additional categories because of their importance in psychotherapy: lived emotions. We understood the lived body was 1) stillness, 2) Tears filling the clients’ eyes; Lived time was 1) Intersection of the past, the present, and the future, 2) Kairos time; Lived space was 1) Temenos within the temenos, 2) Space of the beginning; Lived relations were 1) Worldly relations, in terms of symbolic experiences, 2) Recognition of a different aspect of self in the inner world, 3) Spiritual relations; lived emotions were 1) Catharsis, 2) Divinity. In addition, We understood the essential meaning of the stillpoint was flow and Transcendence.
Keywords: still point | sandplay therapy | analytic psychology | phenomenology
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