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A Philosophy of Coaching

R DeFilippis International Journal of Coaching in Organizations 2008

Twenty five hundred years of western philosophical thought is being challenged by emerging discoveries in the cognitive sciences. This article will focus on the three major discoveries that are creating a quantum shift in our understanding of human reasoning: 1. The mind is inherently embodied so our reasoning is limited by our bodily experience. 2. Thought is mostly unconscious and we can never become aware of our thinking in its totality. 3. Abstract concepts are largely metaphorical even though we may believe that we can think literally.

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