The Emergent Self: An Existential-Gestalt Approach, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Emergent Self

An Existential-Gestalt Approach, 1st Edition

By Peter Philippson


150 pages

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pub: 2009-12-31
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This book tracks a particular understanding of self, philosophically, from research evidence and in its implications for psychotherapy. At each step, the author includes first the theory he is working from, then the clinical implications of the theory, followed by some links to the philosophical outlook inherent in the theory, and finally a more extended case example.It takes the view that the continuing self is partly an illusion, partly a construct, and that we in fact have to work to stay the same in the face of all the different possibilities the world offers us. The author believes that we do this for two reasons. First of all, continuity allows deeper contact: friendships, loving relationships with partners and families. Secondly, and balancing this, the predictable is less anxiety-producing, and that we avoid this existential anxiety by acting in a stereotyped way and avoiding some of the depths of contact.

Table of Contents

A Selection from the ContentsComplexity and EmergenceRelationship and FeedbackChaos, Process and StructureChoice and WillDeath and Endings

About the Author

Peter Philippson

About the Series

The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health