Jim Sharp is an expert in interpersonal relationships. He credits a lot of his understanding of conceptual learning to major psychological and philosophical icons. However, it was adhering to a notion the famous research psychiatrist proposed about his psychotherapy. The principle was that of more importance than his psychology knowledge was the ability to sit with his clients without judgement.
Jim challenged himself through his studies to practice the principles he would eventually use. This has led to sharing from experience rather than regurgitating psychological principles in sessions.
This experience offers those he works with a judgement free zone where they are free to share their experiences without having to sugar coating their lives.
Jim worked closely with Arapahoe Library to develop a course in communication through setting boundaries. This course quickly became the most popular by the employees and management. Overwhelmingly the employees feel backed up by management that they don’t have to take abusive behavior.
Management loves the course because it helps employees work on their own communication skills. It has also offered common terminology where managers can coach employees to speak their truth, but also give great customer service.
Are you spiritual? Do you believe in God?
I have a strong relationship with God, whom I refer to as the Beloved. I’d like to follow this answer with a question of my own… Does my belief in God cloud my interpretation of my psychological principles? The answer to this questions is no. I’ve found the spiritual notion of, “as above, so below”, to be true. What we can experience in physical world can be experienced in the metaphysical world. Here’s an example of how this might look.
ie. My psychology distortion principles which I adhere are the control mechanisms of narcissism and co-dependence. Narcissism is when I use my truth to serve myself more than others. Co-dependency is when I use my truth to serve other before myself. In spiritual terms, narcissism is when I use God to serve my own truth over others and co-dependence is when I use God to justify hurting myself for others.
Having a relationship with Jesus simply has helped me love others as I love myself.
Why do you wear white?
Many years ago when I began studying psychology a story about Carl Jung, a noted psychiatrist. He had offered, later in his career, that what he found had the most impact on his patients was his ability to get out of his own way. Allowing patients to be exactly who they were without judgement was key to his success. It was stated that his research and experience was important, but not as important as his own state of being during sessions.
This had a true impact as I worked through my own self improvement and psychology. White is the color that reflects all other colors. I wear white to represent that when I’m in a session, I need to be available for all that shows up, not just my favorite colors.
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