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What can we learn from philosophers when working as a coach? – Kierkegaard

Bijgewerkt op: 5 dec. 2022

Søren Kierkegaard was a 19th-century Danish philosopher, Protestant theologian, and cultural critic. Because he emphasizes the importance of personal choice and involvement (“man is a task to himself”), he is often regarded as a precursor to existential philosophy.

Kierkegaard wrote extensively about the importance of self-reflection and introspection, and believed that it was the key to understanding ourselves and our lives more deeply. As a coach, this can be an invaluable tool for helping clients to identify their goals, values, and understand their motivations by embracing the power of self-reflection and subsequent self-adaptation.

Kierkegaard believed that life was meant to be lived to the fullest, and encouraged people to take risks and explore new paths. As a coach, this can be incredibly empowering for clients as it helps them to find courage in trying something new and taking action.

Embracing complexity means being open to the possibility that there may be multiple perspectives and solutions to any given problem. It also means being willing to explore different pathways, being flexible in our approach and to take risks.

Kierkegaard's writings often stressed the importance of compassion, and how it can be a powerful tool for understanding and helping others. As a coach, this can be invaluable when working with clients, as it helps to build trust and create a safe and supportive environment.

He argued that it is important to be authentic and honest in our interactions with others. By being true to ourselves, we can form more meaningful relationships and better understand the needs of those we are coaching. Self-disclosure can be a strong intervention to honor the importance of taking risks, being authentic and to strengthen the coaching relationship.

Additionally, his emphasis on faith and finding meaning in life can help coaches motivate their clients to find value in their own individual journey, and surrender to the process. He stated that true faith in God is only possible in the absence of the need to proof that God actually exists.

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