The Relationship Paradigm: Human Being Beyond Individualism

The Relationship Paradigm: Human Being Beyond Individualism

by Godfrey Barrett-Lennard


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In this important new book, Godfrey Barrett-Lennard challenges the individualist focus of traditionalist psychology by proposing that the human condition is basically relational and interdependent. Rich in depth and scope, The Relationship Paradigm explores relationship systems over an absorbing vista of multiple connections. This includes relations within the self, interpersonal relationships, relationships between and within communities, organizations and nations, and relationships with animals. There is a chapter on relations in war. The result is a sophisticated account of the complex weave of human relationships, providing counselors and other professionals who work with people with a foundation of thought that will offer fresh insights both for practice and the search for new knowledge.

Combining new ideas with practice principles and illustrations, this is a book of rare value for students, practitioners and research enquirers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137329721
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 09/06/2013
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Godfrey Barrett-Lennard's PhD is from the University of Chicago. He has a long association with Murdoch, University, Western Australia, where he is Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Professions. He holds an honorary doctorate from Murdoch and is namesake to the Godfrey Barrett-Lennard Counsellor Training Centre there.

Table of Contents

PART I: HUMAN RELATIONSHIP: NATURE AND DOMAIN.- 1. The Idea and Variety of Human Relationships.- 2. Intricate Relations within the Person-organism.- 3. The Diverse Self in and from Relationship.- PART II: HUMAN DISTRESS AND THE WORKING OF SYSTEMS.- 4. Psychopathology or Disturbed Relationship? On Suffering, Disorder and Being Well.- 5. How Does Influence Work in Complex Relational Systems?.- PART III: UNFOLDING THE WORLDS OF RELATIONSHIP.- 6. Distinguishing Kinds of Relationship: An Ordering Scheme.- 7. Community as Relationship and Vicissitudes of Belonging.- 8. Large Organisations as Systemic World of Relationship.- 9. Relationships in, of and After War and Genocide.- 10. The Shared World of Human-animal Relations.- PART IV: RESEARCH AND THE NEW PARADIGM.- 11. Researching Relationships: From the Plural Self to Big Systems.- 12. Summing Up: The New Paradigm as a Way Forward.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Godfrey Barrett-Lennard is not only one of the pioneers of the person-centred approach, but also one of its great visionaries. In this vibrant and engaging new text, Goff unfolds a map of our relational worlds: providing counsellors and psychotherapists with a deepened understanding of the intra- and inter-personal forces that can drive psychological wellbeing and distress.' - Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling, University of Strathclyde, UK

'The Relationship Paradigm presents a unique understanding of what it means to be human. Readers will find themselves contemplating the book's messages throughout their daily life, at unexpected times, and in ways that will enrich their lives.'- Jeffrey H. D. Cornelius-White, Professor of Counseling, Missouri State University, US

'Occasionally, we turn a corner that we didn't even see, to reveal a new landscape that also transforms the view over our shoulder. In The Relationship Paradigm, the lifetime journey of Godfrey Barrett-Lennard illuminates the sometimes invisible warp of relationship as instrumentally and irrevocably interwoven with the weft of seemingly individual lives.'- Corinne Reid, Associate Professor, School of Psychology, Murdoch University, Western Australia

'In this wonderful and original book Barrett-Lennard presents a novel paradigm for understanding human affairs. He proposes a comprehensive scheme for understanding relationships - from primary relationships such as couples and parent-child, on to family relationships, on to community, and on to national and international relationships. The book presents a deep vision of the human being as fluidly and finely interconnected not only with others but with the world. He develops the implications of this for how we understand such things as consciousness, the sense of self, psychopathology, war, and genocide. Barrett-Lennard's call is for us to recognize how finely interconnected we are in order to better our lives and save the planet. A novel, original, and new work from one of the greats in the person-centered tradition.'- Art Bohart, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Dominguez Hills

'This is a really comprehensive, careful, and systematic characterization of relationships! I'm filled with awe when sensing the attention, care, and quality of fresh thought that must have gone into forming and presenting all the phenomena constituting the relationship paradigm. As a researcher I'm enchanted by the thoughtful proposal and deep insight communicated through the chapter on research paths. They will influence my students' and my paths. We are more than grateful for this, and to the author for offering his own unique relationship through this ground-breaking book!'- Renate Motschnig, Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science, University of Vienna, Austria

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