this information is a 2010 updated compilation of different writings; the leading article was written by Graham Howie and Niek Sickenga called and published 2004 as 'emotions and the balance within', a review of the CCI approach to an healthy emotional life in the first expression of CCI World News Service.

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cooperative education

by Thomas Scheff

tom2Cooperative learning is becoming a powerful voice in world education, writes Thomas Scheff, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California (USA) in this article called 'a problem in cooperative learning'. It proposes that kids (9-12 years old, going to high school) learn about their social emotional world. He continues: 'Although promising in the social part, mainly thru the use of team teaching, it appears to be weak with respect to emotions. So far there has been only the mere mention, in passing, of the names of some of the common emotions, such as anger or fear. That is to say if follows the practice of modern societies of dismissing emotions as unimportant, not referring to them at all, or so briefly as to amount to dismissal. This note suggests a provisional way to begin to add emotion components to cooperative teaching, based on descriptions of each of six emotions: grief, fear, anger, pride, shame and fatigue.

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faith and validation

by Rob Metcalfe

This articlen written by Rob Metcalfen, (CCI-USA) got as title from him: 'Faith and Validation Inquiry Yes or No'. For editorial reasons we changed that into the headline above. And this all in the CCI approach of CCI co-counseling. He writes:'
In recently reading 'The Power of Positive Thinking' by Norman Vincent Peale, it is intriguing to me that he consciously advocates connecting validation with the practice of faith. For him, the faith was in God and Jesus Christ. Validation and faith were essentially inseparable for him. For me this raises the question: 'Does faith increase the power of validation?'

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reading, writing and crying

tom2In this article, written by professor emeritus of sociology Thomas Scheff, at the University of California (USA), he explores emotions around reading, writing and crying. We feel honored to publish his contribution in our news service. He writes:

The study of emotions has been growing for the last few years, but it seems to me that little progress has been made as yet. The field appears to be confused about elementals, such as what emotions are, which emotions are important, and many other vital aspects that are needed just to get started. In my frustration I have here described some of my own emotional life, in the hope that it will help in finding a reasonable path of study, or at least increase my own understanding.
I learned how to read when I was four years old. Since I lived in the Deep South among farm boys, my ability to read turned out to be a bad idea for much of my childhood. My mother made the mistake of buying Big Little Books for me. These books contained stories that were mostly conveyed by drawings. However, under each picture was a word or sentence that explained the picture. By studying each page, I taught myself how to read.

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the DCP - book

The DCP (Designed Change Process) is an invention developed by one of the three founders of the non authoritarian Co-Counseling International self help approach: Tom Sargent. Dedicated to the memory and teaching of Tom, Bob Schoenberg wrote recently a book ($16.52: free shipping on orders over $25) about this way of working with stress, feelings and behavior. Amazon ( and search for Designed Change Process) starts its book description with: 'Change will happen. Whether you want it to or not, things will change. The outcome can be one you choose and deliberately design, or you can be a passive victim. 

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the designed change process

by Bob Schoenberg
Designed Change Process - Managing Stress, Feelings and Behavior, as the name implies, offers ways of managing stress, feelings and changing one's behavior. The Process is based on a bimodal model of behavior. One is Automatic, rigid and often triggered by distress. The other one is Intentional with flexibility, clarity and maximum amount of choice. Both, however, are essential, although oftentimes the Automatic behavior can be inappropriate or become outdated.

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new psychotherapy of emotions (4)

In this article Thomas Scheff, Professor Emeritus at UCSB, Santa Barbara Ca. USA, unfolds his views on a 'new psychotherapy of emotions'. This is the last of a range of articles of him about this item. He writes us that he 'would much appreciate commends that anyone cares to make'. Commends can be made by email directly to him ( Thomas Scheff: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )  as well as to: ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .) We admire Tom's commitment to this for human beings most important item.

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new psychotherapy of emotions (3)

In this article Thomas Scheff, Professor Emeritus at UCSB, Santa Barbara Ca. USA, unfolds his views on 'a new psychotherapy of emotions'. This range of articles will be published the coming weeks. He writes us that he 'would much appreciate commends that anyone cares to make'. Commends can be made by email directly to him ( Thomas Scheff: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) as well as to: ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .) We admire Tom's commitment to this for human beings most important item. He continues now with his views on catharsis.

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new psychotherapy of emotions (1)

In this article Thomas Scheff, Professor Emeritus at UCSB, Santa Barbara Ca. USA, unfolds his views on 'a new psychotherapy of emotions'. This range of articles will be published the coming weeks. He writes us that he 'would much appreciate commends that anyone cares to make'. Commends can be made by email directly to him ( Thomas Scheff: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) as well as to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We admire Tom's commitment to this for human beings most important item. He starts with an abstract.

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new psychotherapy of emotions (2)

In this article Thomas Scheff, Professor Emeritus at UCSB, Santa Barbara Ca. USA, unfolds his views on 'a new psychotherapy of emotions'. This range of articles will be published the coming weeks. He writes us that he 'would much appreciate commends that anyone cares to make'. Commends can be made by email directly to him ( Thomas Scheff: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) as well as to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We admire Tom's commitment to this for human beings most important item. He continues with anger.

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the phenomenon

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the art and the process

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the preconditions

introduction to CCI

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by Rudolph Giesselman
  • flowerThere's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
    Aldous Huxley
  • I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.
    Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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