Sharp and mild, coarse and fine,
familiar and strange, dirty and pure,
meeting place for fools and sages:
this is all I am, I want to be,
Dove and at the same time,
snake and pig.
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1882, The Gay Science or The Joyful Wisdom
Identity – “Who am I - and if so, how many?” (R.D. Precht)
The easiest way for me to understand and explain identity is this: our identity is our own sense of self - who we are. Our actions, our thoughts, and our interactions with others are all influenced by this identity.
Identity is the feeling that I have of myself. It comes from seeing, feeling, evaluating, making comparisons, making plans, projections, taking on roles, etc., and being seen by others who react to me emotionally; evaluating, comparing, projecting onto me and assigning roles to me. Identity is two-way: I see myself and I am seen.
Identity is always both the result and driver of development, it is the strongest and most stabilising force in human beings.
The meaning of identity has changed over time. In both academic and everyday use the term has an important role: in the media age, where there are both identity superficialities and searches for identity, it becomes increasingly difficult to find a comfortable sense of identity.
How can we formulate the tasks necessary for our everyday identity work? The essential requirements for successfully coping with life are, at heart: the ability to self-organise, the ability to connect our needs for a good and authentic life with our given resources, and finally the ability to create for ourselves the meaning of our lives.
Identity, with all its challenges and questions, must surely also be addressed in family constellations. I am curious about the variety of ideas and the richness of the talks and workshops that will arise during the Intensive 2019. I’m looking forward to the discussion on identity theory as well as the many related topics that will be evoked.
Lutz Bessel, October 2018
Workshop on Systemic Resolutions
Constellations explore hidden dynamics in relationship systems, as well as the embedded laws governing the success of love. Building on Bert Hellinger’s pioneering work and the further developments and innovations of many others, the Intensive gathers an outstanding faculty comprised of the most experienced facilitators, to offer an opportunity to study this wonderful approach.
The faculty shares a deep commitment to personal integrity, openness to innovation and continuous learning through dialogue and careful observation. Together with the multicultural community of learners, the faculty provides a variety of perspectives and interests. The Intensive is an opportunity to experience different approaches in action. It is organized to facilitate learning for people from differing cultures, with various levels of experience. And it is designed to help participants understand:
- The hidden systemic orders of love operating in human relationship systems.
- The resolutions to conflict that may be possible within these systems.
The course language is English
The workshop is open for everybody, no requirement for a particular profession.
Participants are responsible for their own ethical practice. This requires of all of us that we limit how we use constellations to clients and situations for which we have the appropriate qualifications and experience. The workshop is not a training in the practice of psychotherapy, and the certificate presented at the end of the week is a certificate of attendance only.