Sondra Perl’s “Felt Sense”

Sondra Perl built a student writing practice around the work of psychologist Eugene Gendlin’s “Felt Sense,” described as “a bodily awareness of a situation or person or event. An internal aura that encompasses everything you feel and know about the given subject at a given time—encompasses it and communicates it to you all at once rather than detail by detail.” 

Much of our thought process occurs on a subconscious level. Learning to tap into our subconscious thought processes is often the fastest way to make connections and discover new ideas. You’ll find the steps listed here:

Encourage your students to use Perl’s “Felt Sense” when writing. It may be particularly useful when brainstorming, free writing, and during the revision process, including finding and writing from a new lead.