Compositionwork is based on the internationally recognized psychological theory of the Dialogical Self (Hermans, 2000) and the contemplative tradition of Zen gardens. Compositionwork has been founded in 2006 by dr. Agnieszka Konopka and prof. dr. Hubert Hermans. It has been further developed in coaching and training and education and is applied in a variety of countries.
- The method uses natural symbolism as a source of self-insight and growth. In Compositionwork the inner world is externalized in a symbolic form of a landscape consisting of stones and sand.
- Externalization is a powerful process used in compositionwork for creating insights and enlarging inner freedom. In the process of externalization personal experience is translated into a symbolic landscape that ‘speaks back’ to its creator.
- Compositionwork uses the potential of both brain hemispheres, which optimally enhances learning processes.
- Differentiating aspects of yourself, energies and emotions allows for learning about one’s inner richness and potential. Accessing hidden aspects and deep emotions creates change, energy and new motivation.
- The method uses the transformational power of abstract art and creates conditions to discover the artistry in who you are
- Compositionwork has a strong scientific basis and an integrative view on the self that guide interventions and allow to understand the mechanisms of change and development.