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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070410176
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Existential-Integrative Psychology: A Beginning 1
References 8
Pt. 1 Historical Roots of Existential-Integrative Psychology
1 Literary Roots 11
The Tragedy of Truth about Oneself 12
The Therapist and the Journey into Hell 19
Goethe's Faust and the Enlightenment 29
Gatsby and the Myth of Sisyphus 39
Hitchcock's Vertigo: An Existential View of Spirituality 45
2 Philosophical Roots 53
Eastern Roots of Existential Philosophy 54
The Western Existential Tradition 55
The Task of Existential Philosophy at Present 66
Dread as a Saving Experience by Means of Faith 67
On the Despisers of the Body 70
The Myth of Sisyphus 72
3 Psychological Roots 77
The Legacy of William James (1842-1910) 77
Otto Rank (1884-1939) 80
Origins and Significance of Existential Psychology 82
How Existentialism and Psychoanalysis Arose out of the Same Cultural Situation 89
What Psychology Can Learn from the Existentialists 92
The Wounded Healer 98
Rollo May: Personal Reflections and Appreciation 102
R. D. Laing Remembered 105
For Ronnie Laing 108
Master of Duality: Some Personal Reflections about James Bugental 108
Kierkegaard's Characterology 111
Pt. 2 Recent and Future Trends in Existential-Integrative Psychology
4 From Segregation to Integration 119
Existential Psychology from within the Training Process 125
Pt. 3 Therapeutic Applications of Existential-Integrative Psychology
5 Guidelines for an Existential-Integrative (EI) Approach 135
How the Chapter Is Organized 135
Theory of the Existential-Integrative (EI) Approach 136
Therapeutic Implications of the Theory 145
The Experiential Liberation Strategy 152
Presence: A Primary Nutrient 153
Invoking the Actual: Creatively Inspiring Presence 155
Vivifying and Confronting Resistance 167
Meaning-Creation 171
Summary of the Four Intervention Phases of the Experiential Liberation Strategy 174
Ways the Intervention Phases Utilize the Constrictive-Expansive Continuum 175
Summary of EI Decision Points 176
Skill-Building Exercises: Suggestions for Instructors 176
6 Case Illustrations of Experiential Liberation 185
Black and Impotent: The Case of Mercedes 186
A Depressed Artist: The Case of Amanda 197
An African-American Perspective: The Case of Darrin 204
An Obsessive-Compulsive Male: The Case of Ron 215
A Gay and Lesbian Perspective: The Case of Marcia 226
Psychotic Clients, Laing's Treatment Philosophy, and the Fidelity to Experience in Existential Psychoanalysis 233
Existentialism of Personalism: A Native-American Perspective 247
Brief Encounters with Chinese Clients: The Case of Peter 254
Preliminary Sketches for a Short-Term Existential-Humanistic Therapy 261
A Perspective on Alcoholism: The Case of Mr. P 264
Notes on the Single Woman: The Anne Sexton Complex 271
A Widow's Experience: The Case of Elva 286
An Existential-Spiritual Perspective: The Case of Sara 293
The Inner Sense of the Child: The Case of Joey 301
Dialogical (Buberian) Therapy: The Case of Dawn 308
Reflections on the Depressed and Dying: The Case of Carol 315
The Psychology of Existence: Summary and Conclusion 321
Acknowledgments 323
Index 325
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