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About The Four Rooms of Change

The Four Rooms of Change theory, called more colloquially the 4-Room Apartment, appears in all my books.

In the first one, Personal Dialectics (1975), it turns up at the end, as the answer to a particular scientific question, namely how to integrate what I called the 0utsider's experience. I had worked with this question for ten years. The book was my Ph.D. thesis. Colin Wilson had described the Outsider as one who »sees too deep and too much«, who has »awakened to chaos« and, consequently, cannot adjust easily to the present society (which sees, as it were, too little, and which seems to hope, absurdly, to sleep through the chaos it has created).

I began this work when I was 24. When it ended, ten years later, I saw »the Outsider's case against society«, as Colin Wilson had called it, somewhat differently. It was a matter of a tension within all of us, which we lived through repeatedly throughout life, experiencing it particularly in times of personal change and/or crisis. All change, as it were, was an awakening to chaos. One gave up one's existing Contentment, moved through Denial and Confusion, reaching Renewal. Out of the new possibilities one discovered there, one created, with enough of »crisis mastery", another contentment, which might well be freer, richer, more rewarding than the old one.

There is in Sweden a growing network of users of the 4-Room Apartment.

So far, it is OD consultants who have been most appreciative of the theory, probably since it describes both personal and organizational realities and connects them. If you are a »change agent« - a leader, an OD consultant, a psychotherapist, in short, one whose task as a professional has the character of idea salesmanship - the theory will probably deepen your communication skills, as well as give you a number of creative ideas.

Enthusiastic comments on the 4-Room Apartment appear here.

A list of my books, published and unpublished, appears here.

My second book, Laughing with God, is an introduction to existential psychology.

The Four Rooms of Change describes the 4-Room Apartment, concentrating on its effects and possible uses.

In Defense of the Devil takes the 4-Room Apartment into the archetypal realm, inviting, as it were, the Devil, the Holy Ghost, and Jesus Christ each into one of the rooms, which gives God the fourth.

It looked like this:





The Devil was the essence of Denial, and one got out of Denial by (consciously) being as the Devil. The Holy Ghost was the essence of Confusion, and one got through Confusion faster by (consciously) being as the Holy Ghost. Christ was the essence of Renewal, and one held on to one's Renewal experience and brought it to Contentment by (consciously) being as Christ.

To feel in touch with God was the deepest Contentment of all. Whenever one had lost this, one could find one's way back through being (as) the Devil, being (as) the Holy Ghost, and/or being (as) Christ.


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