The Plural Self: Multiplicity in Everyday Life

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'[This book's] fundamental thesis is a rather challenging one - the idea that the unified, singular "self", which we all take for granted we possess, does not exist... fascinating and important... I will certainly revisit the book... when you're ready for a challenge, this book is certainly worth dipping into' - Counselling News

With the emergence of postmodern thinking, the notion of a unified, singular 'self' appears increasingly problematic. Yet for many, postmodernism's proclamation of 'the death of the subject' is equally problematic. As a response to this dilemma, there has been a rise of interest in pluralistic models of the 'self' in which the person is conceptualized as a multiplicity of subpersonalit

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Meet the Author

Mick Cooper is Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton and is a leading international authority in the fields of person-centred, experiential, existential and relational therapies. He is author and co-author of several SAGE books: the bestselling Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Dave Mearns (2005), Existential Therapies (2003) and The Plural Self (1998).
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Mick Cooper and John Rowan
Self-Plurality: The One and the Many
PART ONE: THEORY
The Normal Development of Subpersonalities - John Rowan
The Alter Ego and D[ac]ej[gr]a Vu Phenomena - James S Grotstein
Notes and Reflections
If You Can't Be Jekyll Be Hyde - Mick Cooper
An Existential-Phenomenological Perspective on Lived-Plurality
Life inside Dialogically Structured Mentalities - John Shotter
Bakhtin's and Volosinov's Account of Our Mental Activities as out in the World between Us
Postmodern Culture and the Plural Self - Leon Rappoport, Steve Baumgardner and George Boone
PART TWO: RESEARCH
The Polyphony of the Mind - Hubert J M Hermans
A Multivoiced and Dialogical Self
The Multiple Brain and the Unity of Experience - Brian Lancaster
Multiplicity in Cross-Cultural Perspective - Ruth-Inge Heinze
Individual Differences in Pluralism in Self-Structure - John Altrocchi
Subpersonalities and Multiple Personalities - Colin A Ross
A Dissociative Continuum?
PART THREE: PRACTICE
Facilitating the Expression of Subpersonalities - Mick Cooper and Helen Cruthers
A Review and Analysis of Techniques
The Doorway into the Inner Deeper World Is the Instant of Peak Feeling in the Scene of Strong Feeling - Alvin R Mahrer
The Internal Family Systems Model - Richard C Schwartz
Pathways between the Multiplicities of the Psyche and Culture - Mary Watkins
The Development of Dialogical Capacities
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