Peter F. Schmid
The Art of Not Knowing
published in: Haugh, Sheila /
(Eds.), Empathy, Llongarron, Ross-on-Wye (PCCS Books) 2001
(Series "Rogers' therapeutic conditions. Evolution, theory and practice", ed. by Gill Wyatt)
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phrase and idea, "the ART OF NOT
KNOWING" in Peter Schmid's chapter, in
the new PCCS volume on empathy is a
wonderful phrase, puts "not knowing",
suspending judgement etc, in a proper light.
It connects with Husserl's idea of "sophisticated
naiveté". It is the posture of any
phenomenologist. And of course a mainstay of
the Rogerian position in general. This idea,
the ART of not-knowing, is notwell known or
appreciated. It may be in the culture, but
too often attached to the condition of
ignorance or stupidity. So it is a
pleasure to be reminded of it as an ART.
This volume, edited by Sheila Haugh and Tony
Merry is a fine piece of work, is a genuine
contribution to the literature on this
worked-over subject. I am
really enjoying it.
I wanted to say how engaging and exciting I
found your paper in the Merry and Haugh
Empathy book, which I have now got round to
aligned with the 'not knowing' aspect of the work as a person-centred
practitioner. Many thanks for your help here and also for sharing so
many interesting perspectives on the approach of Carl Rogers.