BASICS and Essencing as a Positive Psychology Clinical Intervention

Zegers, H. & Verheyen, E. (2018). BASICS and Essencing as a Positive Psychology Clinical Intervention. Positive Clinical Psychology: An International Perspective. Issue 1, Fall 2018.

Abstract: Clients sometimes report having too many activities and/or too much ‘stuff.’ This problem is addressed in an intervention called ‘Essencing.’ Essencing is a concept that emerged from an international empirical research into experienced ‘voluntary simplifiers.’ As an intervention, Essencing has already been pilot tested in culturally diverse psychotherapy and counseling settings. In this article, we first succinctly describe its underlying BASICS model and its links with positive psychology. Then we give a short step-by-step description of the intervention. We conclude with a case study illustrating the practical use of the Essencing intervention. This intervention was a finalist in IPPA’s Clinical Division’s first Avant-garde Positive Psychology Clinical Interventions Competition at the fifth World Congress on Positive Psychology.

Beating stress and burnout with BASICS

Hein Zegers: “The BASICS method often translates into the 80/20 rule: 20% of your carefully selected activities produce 80% of your positive results.” (photo by Pieter van Goethem)

How can companies protect workers against stress and burnout? Well-Being researcher Hein Zegers shares his insights on the topic.

“The BASICS therapeutic approach is a routine based on empirical research conducted among people who consciously choose a more brain-friendly environment”, he explains in an interview with Mensura, Belgium’s largest External Occupational Health Service.

BASICS is the acronym for Back (taking a step back), Attention, Select (what is really essential), Invest (in what is essential) and Cut (what is not essential). By cutting down on the number of activities or tasks on your to-do list, you will experience more Sense (meaningfulness). Within a work context, the BASICS method often translates into the 80/20 rule: 20% of your carefully selected activities produce 80% of your positive results.

Full interview in English: Beating stress and burnout with BASICS

Volledig interview in het NederlandsBlijf stress en burn-out de baas met de BASICS-methode

L’interview intégrale en françaisMaîtriser le stress et le burn-out avec la méthode BASICS

Zooikoorts. Van rommel en drukte naar rust en zin met de BASICS-therapie.

‘In Zooikoorts spreekt een man van de wetenschap en van de praktijk. Zijn ervaring merk je op alle pagina’s van zijn onderhoudende en inhoudelijk sterke boek.’
– Prof. Em. Dr. Jan Auke Walburg, Universiteit Twente.

‘Symptomen van onze huidige borderline times zijn zinloosheid en leegte. Leegte die we dan weer opvullen met afleiding in allerhande rumoerig gedoe. Een vicieuze cirkel waarin we blijven ronddraaien. In Zooikoorts trekt Hein Zegers samen met de lezer op zoek naar een mogelijke uitweg.’
– Prof. dr. Dirk De Wachter, KU Leuven.

Zegers, H. (2017). Zooikoorts. Van rommel en drukte naar rust en zin met de BASICS-therapie. Tielt: Lannoo.

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Does money make you happy? “Ook getest op mensen”, a popular scientific program on the largest Belgian VRT television channel “één” has tested this with the help of well-being expert Hein Zegers. A dramatized version of an experiment by Jordi Quoidbach (Quoidbach et al., 2010).