Implicit knowledge – the base for all coaching

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Implicit knowledge is extremely rich and complex, not primitive, as we previously thought in ego psychology. 90 percent of what we know about people and relationships is implicit.

Implicit knowledge is unconscious in the sense that we do not reflect on it. It includes affects, words, expectations, and shifts in activation and motivation, all that can take place at the moment here and now. Implicit knowledge is thus not limited to body language, sensation and non-verbal communication.

I believe the key in therapy/coaching is the implicit events that take place at the moment here and now. With an emphasis on implicit experience rather than explicit content, the goal of therapy/coaching is shifting towards enriching and deepening experience more than understanding its cognitive meaning.

Stern, Daniel