Ordinary Ecstasy

(Third Edition)
The dialectics of humanistic psychology
Published by Routledge (London and New York) 2001
ISBN 0-415-23632-0 (Hardback) 0-415-23633-9 (Paperback)

This is a book which attempts to get to the heart of what human beings are all about. It is deeply concerned with the full potential of persons, and how this is denied in many places. But this potential has been fostered in many different fields by humanistic psychology. Many people have only heard of humanistic psychology in connection with counselling and psychotherapy, but it ranges far and wide into education, management, gender issues and many other fields. Anyone who works with people in any way will find it valuable and interesting.
Although this third edition still contains much of the original material, it has been completely rethought in the light of current ideas. There is much more emphasis on the paradoxes within humanistic psychology, and the way in which it takes part in the dialogue of life. Like Janus, the god with two faces, it looks back at ordinary everyday consciousness and forward to spirituality and the transpersonal. In this central position, it is subject to the pushes and pulls of both, and yet has a great deal unique of its own.
It is still on the side of self-development, and against alienation and human diminution, but now in a much more rigorous way. It is still with the values of authenticity and spontaneity, openness and real presence, but it is much more specific in the way it approaches such things. It shows in detail how a real concern for personhood can be shown in many areas.
For this new edition John Rowan takes into account changes in many different fields, and the bibliography has been greatly extended.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION Dialectical thinking; Practical philosophy

PART ONE: WHAT IS HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY?

1. HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY IS AND IS NOT PSYCHOLOGY The Old Saybrook conference; Eastern thought; Science and research
2. HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY IS AND IS NOT OPTIMISTIC Maslow and Mahrer; Rogers and May; Centaur consciousness
3. HOW HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY HOLDS THE CONTRADICTIONS The Wilber model; Authenticity; Charles Hampden-Turner; How Heidegger got it wrong

PART TWO: APPLICATIONS OF HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY

4. COUNSELLING Rollo May’s contribution; Person-centred counselling; Co-Counselling; Dreams
5. PSYCHOTHERAPY 1 Gestalt therapy; Experiential psychotherapy; Alvin Mahrer
6. PSYCHOTHERAPY 2 Bodywork; Psychodrama; Primal integration; Psychosynthesis
7. GROUPWORK Encounter; The humanistic-existential group; Trust, safety and confrontation; Non-humanistic groupwork; Self-help and the system
8. EDUCATION AND TRAINING Rogers; Confluent education; Experiential learning; The school or college; The wider society
9. ORGANIZATIONAL Organization development; Hierarchy and bureaucracy; Alternatives; Leadership; The wider scene; Taking power; Transformational management; Spiral dynamics
10. TRANSPERSONAL The transpersonal self; LSD; Levels of consciousness; Personal and social implications; Paganism; Cross-cultural work; Ken Wilber
11. FEMALE/MALE/GAY Sexuality; Sex roles; Constructivism and some ways ahead

PART THREE: THE FUTURE OF HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY

12. THE SPREAD OF HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY
13. DIRECTIONS FOR THE SELF The personality; The real self; Multiple levels of consciousness; Humanistic psychology and the social construction of reality
14. DIRECTIONS FOR SOCIETY Phase one: The universal approach; Evolution or revolution? Phase two: Questioning patriarchy; Power
and change; Phase three: An integral approach.
15. SOME POINTS ON THEORY AND RESEARCH Basic orientation; Deficiency motivation and abundance motivation; B-values and D-values; Humanistic research; Critiques of humanistic psychology

JOURNALS/MAGAZINES USEFUL ADDRESSES BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

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