TagLast edit: 13 Oct 2023 6:47 UTC by Yi-Yang

Circling is a group “meditative”, “relational” practice. Typically, a group of people sit in a circle and deliberately focus their attention the emotions and experiences of each participant in the group. Communication is usually restricted to the topic of what the individuals in the Circle are experiencing in the present moment, particular their attitudes, feelings, and reactions to others in the group.

Circling may offer benefits in greater awareness of oneself, others, and the interpersonal dynamics between the two. Since social relations are so key to human wellbeing and at the heart of so many psychological challenges, Circling can be of key interest to anyone trying optimize themselves. It may also foster better relationships and cooperation with others.

However, Circling originated outside the LessWrong community and many feel that the practice does not have sufficient evidence behind it for it to be so widely admired within the Rationalist community.


Unreal16 Feb 2018 23:26 UTC
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Cir­cling as Cousin to Rationality

Vaniver1 Jan 2020 1:16 UTC
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The Se­cond Circle

Zvi20 May 2018 13:40 UTC
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The First Circle

Zvi18 May 2018 14:40 UTC
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Notes on Empathy

David Gross3 May 2022 4:06 UTC
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Look­ing and the no-self

ChristianKl13 Mar 2018 19:39 UTC
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shar­ing a re­source on LessWrong?

Nicky Antonellis2 Jul 2023 13:54 UTC
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0 comments1 min readLW link

The Third Circle

Zvi21 May 2018 12:10 UTC
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0 comments3 min readLW link
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