Sadnat Enosh

The Human Workshop

Torah Center for Spiritual Guidance

Jewish Psychology

A positive creative approach that focuses on man's higher needs:

Jewish psychology is the perception of man as a point of creative intersection: Man is the force that shapes the encounter between heaven and earth. What sort of being is man? Is it spiritual, material, social? Is each one singly a collection of individualistic needs? What is the proper place of each of the above vectors, when they are all packaged together into one creature? An individual must answer this question, for after all, he alone is expected to conduct the entire orchestra. He alone is expected to place his own personal stamp on it. He alone bears the responsibility for shaping a new, independent and unprecedented existence.

"Woman's Place?" All the above-mentioned vectors, plus. Independent and unprecedented, her qualitative being does not need to resemble the man. This perception, that the sexes are complementary, is a bit of a departure from the beliefs that have recently prevailed in modern society, in which the sexes were perceived as competitors.

It is not a simple topic. Sadnat Enosh research into the workings of Man is world leader in its field.

Time and resources are poured into the search for real answers. Monitoring the influences of culture, religion and domestic life on human behavior, The Human Workshop pioneers new and unexplored territory.

Basic Principles Of Jewish Psychology:
1)

Originality / creativity is found in all those who are created in God's image. This premise is the basis for our entire methodology.

2)

Humanness - human intelligence - (not emotional intelligence) is the secret behind all manifestations of quality. ("Glossary: Terminologies and Definitions" for further discussion of these terms.)

3)

Qualitative Intelligence: We inquire into the nature and causes of these phenomena: Intuition, originality, creativity, sensitivity, and the capacity to comprehend and identify with the other. These are key concepts; they are the Sadnat Enosh motto.

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Theoretical influences of Jean Piaget, founder of developmental psychology: Director of Sadnat Enosh, Rav Haim Lifshitz, studied under Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva for six years. Piaget's influence is felt in Sadnat Enosh's orientation toward structuralism: Aspiring to achieve balance between two opposing vectors.

This principle, finding balance between opposing vectors, is dominant in Judaism and pervades the Jewish view of man and universe. However, there is one significant difference. Piaget follows Western perception, and seeks balance between the two opposing sides. Judaism proposes a third side, a three-dimensional structure. The third dimension is height, and it is the dominant dimension. It determines direction, organizational patterns and goals. Organization is critical in Jewish perception. As the guiding principle of Jewish psychology, it is of greater importance even than balance.

We do not suffice with these theoretical formulations. Gathering them all into a comprehensive methodology, Rav Lifshitz has developed a unique system of diagnostic and counseling techniques.


Read more about Sadnat Enosh:

About Sadnat Enosh

Jewish Philosophy

Publications and Works in Process

About Rabbi Haim Lifshitz - Founder and Director of Sadnat Enosh

Visit the Sadnat Enosh Website

Visit Rabbi Haim Lifshitz's new website




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