What is different about Michael Fuchs’ hero’s journey?

What is different about Michael Fuchs' Hero's Journey compared to all the other Hero's Journeys that are now on the market?

There are many on the market that are based on the concept developed by Paul Rebillot in the 1980s and on Gestalt therapy from the 1980s. And this recipe is adopted unchanged by many people. They still use his scripts today, they use the same meditations. If you ask them, why do you do the ramming at the beginning? They often don’t even know what they’re doing. They take a recipe, so to speak, without really having dealt with the spices and herbs and the actual cooking process.

And the difference is that

the Hero’s Journey, as I offer it, is based on modern experiences from trauma therapy, neuroscience, systemic approaches and takes the essence and uses it in a contemporary and up-to-date way, so to speak, and also for our modern psyche. In the 1980s, a lot of work was still done through confrontation, because people thought that if they were properly confronted with their issues, they would awaken in a form of catharsis. Today we know from trauma therapy that this is rather traumatizing and that you can achieve much more in smaller, finer steps.

The shadows are actually trauma structures.

And trauma structures are not changed under pressure, they simply become more complex and better. And you think you’re cured, but you’ve just built an update to your survival structure, which is more stable and competent to begin with, but that’s just “another brick in the wall. Instead of: How do I dismantle this thing? And that’s why it’s finer, more elegant.

And it is also more private.

This is perhaps one of the second major differences. The hero’s journeys or the journeys are structured in such a way that no therapist ego or therapy ego is built. So we do very little sharing about your processes and very little about your actual difficulties. Because our survival structure also uses this to rebuild stability. Or the ego also uses this to build a new, more complex self-image. And if you now do subtle exercises that don’t traumatize, but rather sensitize, without making a big story about it.

Then it can dissolve like dew in the sun.

And that’s why the changes happen subtly and unnoticed. And very often the difficulty is that you have to remind people after six months: “Tell me, you had this and that problem. Then he says: “Oh that, it’s dissolved”. And because it is so inconspicuous, it works. It is less dramatic and therefore more efficient and successful.

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