Understanding Experience: Psychotherapy and Postmodernism / Edition 1

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Understanding Experience is a collection of innovative interdisciplinary essays that explore the human capacity for experience. The authors address the postmodern debate in contemporary psychotherapy and psychoanalysis through clinical case discussion and theoretical exogenesis.

The theories of Buber, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty and Satre are considered alongside the clinical work of Binswanger, Boss, Fromm, Laing and Lacan. By combining clinical data from psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with insights from European philosophy, this book seeks to bridge the paradigmatic divide between the natural sciences and the human sciences. It will be of great interest to academics and clinicians of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and to psychologists and social workers.

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What People Are Saying

Malcolm Bowie
This essay collection is doubly remarkable: it not only calls for new kinds of dialogue between philosophy, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, but it points the modern reader back to a whole series of complex earlier encounters between these disciplines. For anyone wishing to know why the concept of "experience" is still a crucial one for all sciences of the mind, Frie's volume will be indispensable.
Master, Christ's College, Cambridge
Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg
Roger Frie has produced an immensely stimulating and important work for the contemporary clinician. This collection of essays from a range of esteemed contributors, including Frie, bridges theory and practice and guides the reader through the postmodern debate in a way that renders it refreshingly accessible. It raises valuable questions about post-modernism and the clinical issues of agency, authenticity and subjectivity. I recommend this book highly.
PhD, author of: The Intimate Edge: Extending the Reach of Psychoanalytic Interaction
Michael Palmer
An accessible and extremely timely assessment of postmodernism in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, this book will be very helpful to all readers.
Westminster College, Oxford
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583912997
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/25/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Frie, Ph.D., Psy.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Staff Psychologist at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. He is the author of Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity in Modern Philosophy and Psychoanalysis.

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Table of Contents

Roger Frie, Introduction: Between Modernism and Postmodernism: Rethinking Psychological Agency.
Betty Cannon, Sartre's Contribution to Psychoanalysis.
Maurice Friedman, Martin Buber and Dialogical Psychotherapy.
William J. Richardson, Truth and Freedom in sychoanalysis.
Eugene Gendlin, Beyond Postmodernism: From Concepts through Experiencing.
Jon Mills, A Phenomenology of Becoming: Reflections in Authenticity.
Roger Frie, Language and Subjectivity: From Binswanger through Lacan.
Daniel Burston, Psychoanalysis and Subjectivity in the Work of Erich Fromm.
M. Guy Thompson, The Primacy of Experience in R. D. Laing's Approach to Psychoanalysis.
Jon Frederickson, The Eclipse of the Person in Psychoanalysis.

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