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Invitation to Existential Psychology. A Psychology for the Unique Human Being and its Applications in Therapy. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5227302
  • Book
  • January 2008
  • 195 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Existential psychology examines how people deal with the biggest issues - such as finding meaning in life and facing death. It deals with many of the same problems as psychoanalysis and analytical psychology, but emphasises the view that one can understand the life of another by listening to their way of seeing existence and opening up their ‘phenomenal world’. As a therapeutic approach it is recognised by the British Psychological Society and taught on a number of courses. This introductory text discusses all the main contemporary theories of existential psychology, and illustrates them with case examples. Practical implications for clinical work are considered, and comparisons with other approaches such as humanistic psychotherapy are made throughout.
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Chapter 1: What is existential psychology?

Chapter 2: Happiness and suffering

Chapter 3: Love and aloneness

Chapter 4: Adversity and success: The role of crisis for human development

Chapter 5: Death anxiety and life commitment

Chapter 6: Free choice and the obligations of your life reality

Chapter 7: To find the meaning of life in a chaotic world

Appendix A: Existential writers and their major works

Appendix B: Existential therapy and counselling



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Bo Jacobsen The University of Copenhagen.
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