Feeling And Personhood

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Overview

John Heron presents a radical new theory of the person in which feeling, differentiated from emotion, becomes the distinctive feature of personhood. The author explores the applications of his ideas to living and learning and the text includes numerous experiential exercises.

Heron considers how the person develops through various states and stages and contrasts the restricted ego with integrated personhood. Central to his analysis are interrelationships between four basic psychological modes - affective, imaginal, conceptual and practical. In particular, feeling is seen as the ground and potential from which all other aspects of the psyche emerge - emotion, intuition, imaging of all kinds, reason, discrimination, intention and action. Heron also shows the fundamental relation of his ideas to theory and practice in transpersonal psychology and philosophy.

In the last part of the book, the author examines the implications of his theory for understanding and enhancing both formal and life learning.

Feeling and Personhood will be essential reading for psychologists, educationalists, counsellors, psychotherapists and all those who believe it is time for a challenging alternative to traditional reason-centred and ego-bound psychology.

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'A complex work, well designed and structured, and rooted in philosophy and psychology... Several of the chapters culminate in exercises, generally to be carried out with a partner. They underline the points Heron makes in his theoretical exposition in an enjoyable way and would form part of an exploration of different psychological approaches and theories... The wide range and ambition of the book, as well as its concepts, make it interesting. It is presented as a "challenging alternative to traditional reason-centred and ego-bound psychology" and as such will be welcomed for its different perspectives by those running courses' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

'The book will find an avid following amongst those involved in humanistic approaches to psychology and co-counsellors who will value the hundred experiential exercises... the strength of the book lies in its detailed treatment of models of personhood. Heron carefully takes the reader through a series of complex intertwining metaphors, culminating in a mandala bringing together the various modes with their attendant polarities, worlds and forms of knowing. A review such as this cannot do justice to the extent to which Heron has successfully used diagrams to amplify the complex ideas within his text... there is much to commend this book. In addition to the carefully crafted theoretical statements, the activities will be a reservoir of ideas for the practitioner involved in work on the development of human potential' - British Journal of Psychology

'The book delivers a thoughtful and internally consistent model that attempts to integrate the traditional areas of emotion, imagery, cognition and behavior with the archetypal-transpersonal realms of experience... Heron offers exercises that give the reader an opportunity to experientially delve into many of the phenomena covered by Heron's model' - Contemporary Psychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803987296
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/25/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

John Heron founded the Human Potential Research Group at the University of Surrey, and later pioneered personal and professional development programs for doctors, as Assistant Director, British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London. He now runs the South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry, New Zealand.

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Table of Contents

Theory of the Person
Preliminaries
Theory of the Person
Overview
States of Personhood
The Ego
The Affective Mode
Feeling
The Affective Mode
Emotion
The Imaginal Mode
The Psyche and Its Worlds
A One-Many Reality
Jung, Kolb and Wilber
Life Cycles and Learning Cycles
A Brief Look at Learning
Formal Learning Cycles
The Reality-Creating Learning Cycle

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