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3rd Edition

Ordinary Ecstasy
The Dialectics of Humanistic Psychology

ISBN 9780415236331
Published April 6, 2001 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

Humanistic Psychology ranges far and wide into education, management, gender issues and many other fields. Ordinary Ecstasy, first published in 1976, is widely regarded as one of the most important books on the subject.

Although this new edition still contains much of the original material, it has been completely rethought in the light of postmodern ideas, with more emphasis on the paradoxes within humanistic psychology, and takes into account changes in many different areas, with a greatly extended bibliography.
Ordinary Ecstasy is written not only for students and professionals involved in humanistic psychology - anyone who works with people in any way will find it valuable and interesting.

Table of Contents

Part One: What is Humanistic Psychology? Humanistic Psychology Is and Is Not Psychology: The Old Saybrook Conference; Eastern Thought; Science and Research. Humanistic Psychology Is and Is Not Optimistic. Maslow and Mahrer; Rogers and May; Centaur Consciousness. How Humanistic Psychology Holds the Contradictions: The Wilber Model; Authenticity; Charles Hampden-Turner; How Heidegger Got It Wrong. Part II: Applications of Humanistic Psychology. Counselling. Rollo May's contribution; Person-centred Counselling; Co-counselling; Dreams. Psychotherapy: Gestalt Therapy; Experiential Psychotherapy; Alvin Mahrer. Psychotherapy: Bodywork; Psychodrama; Primal Integration; Psychosynthesis. Groupwork: Encounter; The Humanistic-existential Group; Trust, Safety and Confrontation; Non-humanistic Groupwork; Self-help and the System. Education and Training: Rogers; Confluent Education; Experiential Learning; The School or College; The Wider Society. Organizational: Organization development; Hierarchy and Bureaucracy; Alternatives; Leadership; The Wider Scene; Taking Power; Transformational Management; Spiral Dynamics. Transpersonal: The Transpersonal Self; LSD; Levels of Consciousness; Personal and Social Implications; Paganism; Cross-cultural Work; Ken Wilber. Female/Male/Gay: Sexuality; Sex Roles; Constructivism and Some Ways Ahead. Part III: The Future of Humanistic Psychology. The Spread of Humanistic Psychology. Directions for the Self: The Personality: The Real Self: Multiple Levels of Consciousness: Humanistic Psychology and the Social Construction of Reality. Directions for Society: Phase one: The Universal Approach; Evolution or Revolution? Phase two: Questioning Patriarchy; Power and Change: Phase Three: An Integral Approach. Some Points on Theory and Research: Basic Orientation; Deficiency Motivation and Abundance Motivation; B-values and D-values; Humanistic uesearch; Critiques of Humanistic Psychology. Journals and Magazines. Some useful addresses.

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John Rowan is the author of a number of books, including The Reality Game: A Guide to Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Discover Your Subpersonalities: Our Inner World and the People in it, The Transpersonal: Psychotherapy and Counselling, and Healing the Male Psyche: Therapy as Initiation. He has co-edited The Plural Self: Multiplicity in Everyday Life, with Mick Cooper. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling.


Review from first edition: 'A unique book. It is undoubtedly a milestone in the dissemination of humanistic psychology theory and practice' - Self and Society