1Why study Anthroposophic Psychology? What is the connection between body, soul and spirit?
Only body devoid of other two means death. Only soul devoid of other two cannot exist. Only spirit without the other two means no incarnation. That means no human being is devoid of any one of them in living life. Psychology literally means the ‘knowledge of the soul’ in Greek from where the term originates. Psychological studies and application must therefore aim at working with the soul from the window of the body and the spirit. Recognition and scientific application of this understanding in therapy is Anthroposophic Psychology.
2I am already practising some other therapy style. How will that be affected by this new learning?
AP will only enhance your insight and skills in any other therapy style that you are already using. In fact it will fulfill the dimensions and help you use your skills better towards a more assured and conscious healing process.
3Is AP also helpful with persons who do not have high cognitive functioning?
As it focuses on the healing of body, soul and spirit, success of AP tools is not dependent on and limited to the one-sided cognitive function of the client. With what population is AP most effective as a therapy? If one is a human being, then principles of AP are for her/him. With the same logic, irrespective of age, gender, intelligence, education, socio-economic status, cultural background, demographic details, language, ailment, challenges, problems, limitations, giftedness or any other aspect of human life; AP is approachable and applicable.
4I am not aspiring to be a Psychotherapist. But I work with people. Will training in AP help me?
Not everyone wishes to and can be a ‘Psychotherapist’. That is a very specialised work which requires much more than qualification and training. So, good and capable pure ‘Psychotherapists’ are a scarce number. If we as humankind depend only on this small number for Psychological healing, emotional support or treatment, we will be nowhere. But there are lot of professions that require a deeper understanding of Psychology in their work and life. The training in AP will only ensure more aware, sensitive and grounded medical professionals,counselors, educators, lawyers, social workers, special educators, parents, etc.
5What tools can AP give me as a Psychologist?
The four fold diagnosis of understanding an illness or issue from the four layers of human being, namely the Physical, Etheric, Astral and I is the most in depth way to understand pathology or deviations. The Humsn Biography of understanding the development of a life span in 7years cycle to see patterns and mirroring and transformation of body and soul in ones evolution.