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Intimacy, Transcendence, and Psychology: Closeness and Openness in Everyday Life

Intimacy, Transcendence, and Psychology: Closeness and Openness in Everyday Life

by S. Halling


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Intimacy, Transcendence, and Psychology: Closeness and Openness in Everyday Life

This book addresses the richness and depth of our intimate relationships and especially those moments when we come to see ourselves and the other person in a new way. In such moments we realize that however much we are influenced by heredity and upbringing, we are also agents with the capacity for openness and transcendence.

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ISBN-13: 9780230619647
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 04/07/2011
Edition description: 2008
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Steen Halling is Professor of Psychology, Seattle University.

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Intimacy, Transcendence, and Psychology
Closeness and Openness in Everyday Life

By Halling, Steen Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright © 2007
Halling, Steen
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ISBN: 9780230600454

On Forgiveness

“When we are disillusioned by someone close to us, we are not only profoundly disappointed in that person, but the very meaning and direction of our life and our relationship to the other simultaneously come into question…No longer being the one who is highly valued by the other, and seeing the cherished relationship fall apart, can be a devastating loss” (pp. 41-42).

On Disillusionment

“As defining as the injury and its impact were, so is the experience of forgiving. People report feeling lighter, fuller, clearer; whereas, before, the future was foreboding, it is now full of possibilities. While the injury is not forgotten, it no longer holds one so tenaciously” (p. 88).

On Intimacy, transcendence and openness

“To be a person is to live in the world with others. And anytime we become truly present to this reality, we are both enriched and humbled. As we have seen, in such a moment we experience deep empathy, appreciation or love for the other. It is also a moment when we, paradoxically, come to our senses as we allow ourselves to move past self-absorption and self-conscious to a connectness with something or someone that includes us and also surpasses us”  (p. 216).


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Table of Contents

Introduction: On the Disappearance and Appearance of Persons Seeing a Significant Other 'As if for the First Time' On Being Disillusioned by a Significant Other Forgiving Another, Recovering One's Future Experiencing the Humanity of the Disturbed Person On the Study of Human Experience Interpersonal Relations and Transcendence Psychology, Transcendence and Everyday Life

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