Personification: Using The Dialogical Self In Psychotherapy And Counselling

by John Rowan

CONTENTS

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1 A FRESH LOOK
The dialogical self
Going deeper
Dialogical self theory
Assimilation theory

CHAPTER 2 IMPLICATIONS
The developmental story
The importance of I-positiions
The new freedom
History
Political implications
A warning

CHAPTER 3 THE BRAVE NEW WORLD
No more reification
The varieties of social constructionism
Saving the I-Thou

PART TWO: THE DIALOGICAL SELF IN THERAPY

CHAPTER 4 THE USE OF MULTIPLICITY IN THERAPY
Questioning the Freudian legacy
Why Jung needs a critical look
Active imagination: A fresh look
Psychosynthesis and its problems
Some difficulties with psychodrama
The problems with Perls
Berne and over-simplicity
Is Shapiro too fixed?
Shorr adds flexibility
John Watkins and new problems
Voice dialogue and its limitations
Mahrer breaks the mould
Hypnotherapy – feast and famine
The ups and downs of Satir
NLP and insane pragmatism
Sasportas tackles astrology
Cognitive-behavioural therapy adds something
Bogart comes to the bat
Biechonski and personification
Hillman’s critique
Integration of psychotherapies

CHAPTER 5 HOW TO
Rule 1: Spontaneity
Rule 2: Beginners Mind
Rule 3: Creative Co-Creation

CHAPTER 6 THE NEW PRACTICE
An example
Assimilation theory at work
Pluralism and heterarchy
The Italian work
And now the Netherlands
Hermans again
Personification

CHAPTER 7 GROUPWORK AND THE DIALOGICAL SELF
What is personal growth?
The dialogical self
A range of types
Aiming at the whole person
Some key issues

PART THREE: DIRECTIONS AND THE POTENTIAL

CHAPTER 8 THE TRANSPERSONAL
Let’s pretend
Using these ideas in everyday therapy
The Californian contribution
Meeting the Shadow

CHAPTER 9 SOME WAYS FORWARD
Personification in coaching
Personification in supervision
Crosscultural work
New directions

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

LONDON: ROUTLEDGE 2010


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