Appreciative and Compassionate Inquiry

To be appreciative is to know and  value what is best in life and is about people and the ‘systems’ in which they live and work.
To inquire is about discovery by asking questions and the exploration of potential possibilities.
Constructionist Principle  Words create worlds Our reality is a subjective state socially created through experience, language and conversations.
Simultaneity Principle  Inquiry creates change As we ask a question, we begin to stimulate a change in thinking.
Poetic Principle We can choose what we study What we choose to study can makes a difference, It can give reference points describing – even creating our reality.
Anticipatory Principle Images inspire action Human systems move in the direction of their images of the future. The more positive and hopeful the image of the future, the more positive the present-day action can be.
Positive Principle Positive questions lead to positive change The momentum for small or large-scale change requires  positive support to overcome resistance. Positive questions and support can amplify the positive core

Adapted from – Cooperrider, D.L., & Whitney, D. A Positive Revolution in Change: Appreciative Inquiry. Taos, NM: Corporation for Positive Change, 1999.

Compassionate Inquiry is a psychotherapeutic method developed by Dr. Gabor Maté that reveals what lies beneath the appearance we present to the world. Using Compassionate Inquiry, we unveil the level of consciousness, mental climate, hidden assumptions, implicit memories and body states that form the real message that words both express and conceal. Through Compassionate Inquiry, the we can recognize the unconscious dynamics that run our lives and learn how to liberate ourselves from them.

“When The Body Says No

Feb. 6. 21Feb. 13. 21

Stress is ubiquitous these days — it plays a role in the workplace, in the home, and virtually everywhere that people interact. It can take a heavy toll unless it is recognized and managed effectively and insightfully.

Western medicine, in theory and practice, tends to treat mind and body as separate entities. This separation, which has always gone against ancient human wisdom, has now been demonstrated by modern science to be not only artificial, but false. The brain and body systems that process emotions are intimately connected with the hormonal apparatus, the nervous system, and in particular the immune system. Emotional stress, especially of the hidden kind that people are not aware of, undermines immunity, disrupts the body’s physiological milieu and can prepare the ground for disease.”

Dr. Gabor Maté