The Psychology of Existence: An Integrative, Clinical Perspective / Edition 1

The Psychology of Existence: An Integrative, Clinical Perspective / Edition 1

by Kirk J. Schneider, Rollo May
     
 

A prestigious, original title co-authored by Rollo May, one of the best selling American fathers of existential psychology. This long awaited text in existential psychology presents a practical, integrative approach to the discipline especially for the training clinician. Three broad dimensions are emphasized: its literary, philosophical, and psychological… See more details below

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A prestigious, original title co-authored by Rollo May, one of the best selling American fathers of existential psychology. This long awaited text in existential psychology presents a practical, integrative approach to the discipline especially for the training clinician. Three broad dimensions are emphasized: its literary, philosophical, and psychological heritage, its recent and future trends, and its therapeutic applications.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070410176
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.58(w) x 9.62(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Existential-Integrative Psychology: A Beginning1
References8
Pt. 1Historical Roots of Existential-Integrative Psychology
1Literary Roots11
The Tragedy of Truth about Oneself12
The Therapist and the Journey into Hell19
Goethe's Faust and the Enlightenment29
Gatsby and the Myth of Sisyphus39
Hitchcock's Vertigo: An Existential View of Spirituality45
2Philosophical Roots53
Eastern Roots of Existential Philosophy54
The Western Existential Tradition55
The Task of Existential Philosophy at Present66
Dread as a Saving Experience by Means of Faith67
On the Despisers of the Body70
The Myth of Sisyphus72
3Psychological Roots77
The Legacy of William James (1842-1910)77
Otto Rank (1884-1939)80
Origins and Significance of Existential Psychology82
How Existentialism and Psychoanalysis Arose out of the Same Cultural Situation89
What Psychology Can Learn from the Existentialists92
The Wounded Healer98
Rollo May: Personal Reflections and Appreciation102
R. D. Laing Remembered105
For Ronnie Laing108
Master of Duality: Some Personal Reflections about James Bugental108
Kierkegaard's Characterology111
Pt. 2Recent and Future Trends in Existential-Integrative Psychology
4From Segregation to Integration119
Existential Psychology from within the Training Process125
Pt. 3Therapeutic Applications of Existential-Integrative Psychology
5Guidelines for an Existential-Integrative (EI) Approach135
How the Chapter Is Organized135
Theory of the Existential-Integrative (EI) Approach136
Therapeutic Implications of the Theory145
The Experiential Liberation Strategy152
Presence: A Primary Nutrient153
Invoking the Actual: Creatively Inspiring Presence155
Vivifying and Confronting Resistance167
Meaning-Creation171
Summary of the Four Intervention Phases of the Experiential Liberation Strategy174
Ways the Intervention Phases Utilize the Constrictive-Expansive Continuum175
Summary of EI Decision Points176
Skill-Building Exercises: Suggestions for Instructors176
6Case Illustrations of Experiential Liberation185
Black and Impotent: The Case of Mercedes186
A Depressed Artist: The Case of Amanda197
An African-American Perspective: The Case of Darrin204
An Obsessive-Compulsive Male: The Case of Ron215
A Gay and Lesbian Perspective: The Case of Marcia226
Psychotic Clients, Laing's Treatment Philosophy, and the Fidelity to Experience in Existential Psychoanalysis233
Existentialism of Personalism: A Native-American Perspective247
Brief Encounters with Chinese Clients: The Case of Peter254
Preliminary Sketches for a Short-Term Existential-Humanistic Therapy261
A Perspective on Alcoholism: The Case of Mr. P264
Notes on the Single Woman: The Anne Sexton Complex271
A Widow's Experience: The Case of Elva286
An Existential-Spiritual Perspective: The Case of Sara293
The Inner Sense of the Child: The Case of Joey301
Dialogical (Buberian) Therapy: The Case of Dawn308
Reflections on the Depressed and Dying: The Case of Carol315
The Psychology of Existence: Summary and Conclusion321
Acknowledgments323
Index325

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