Tales of Un-Knowing: Therapeutic Encounters from an Existential Perspective First Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0814780909
ISBN-10: 0814780903
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In Tales of Un-Knowing, Ernesto Spinelli, a leading exponent of existential therapy, presents a therapeutic approach that has proven highly effective in assisting troubled individuals in confronting the problems of everyday life. Tales of Un-Knowing presents the lives of eight individuals whose experiences illuminate a variety of dilemmas and anxieties that most of us encounter at different points in our lives. Among the people we meet are Mr. Jones, who refused to grow old gracefully, Amanda, who feared that she was only loved for her body, and Jim, an octogenarian who lived simultaneously in the present and in the past. We also meet Giles, whose obsessive identification with Einstein led him to theorize about his sex until it became a "living mathematics" full of enthralling permutations and combinations. In the course of the book Spinelli tackles head on the last great taboo of therapeutic practice - sexual attraction between therapist and client. Existential therapy requires that the therapist gain some entry into the lived world of the client and experience life through the client's eyes. This experience frequently leads to challenges to the therapist's own ways of being, and the underlying values, beliefs, and assumptions that maintain them. The term "un-knowing" refers to the challenge to the therapist, who must force him or herself to remain open to new interpretations of that which is familiar, and to treat the seemingly familiar as novel, unfixed in meaning, and accessible to previously unexamined possibilities.

About the Author

Dr. Ernesto Spinelli is Principal Lecturer at the School of Psychology and Counseling, Regent's College, London. The author of Demystifying Therapy, he maintains a private practice in London.

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  • Item Weight : 14.9 ounces
  • Hardcover : 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0814780903
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0814780909
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.63 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : NYU Press; First Edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: : English
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