The Plural Self
Multiplicity in Everyday Life
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Plural Self by John Rowan
Book Description'[This book's] fundamental thesis is a rather challenging one - the idea that the unified, singular "self", which we all take for granted we possess, does not exist...fascinating and important...I will certainly revisit the book...when you're ready for a challenge, this book is certainly worth dipping into' - Counselling News 'I thoroughly recommend this book. I found it challenging, provocative, exciting and full of delights. (It makes such a change to be told that ideal personality characteristics would include a Monty Pythonesque sense of humour and a tolerance of mind-altering drugs!) While reading it I often felt nourished and refreshed' - The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy With the emergence of postmodern thinking, the notion of a unified, singular 'self' appears increasingly problematic. Yet for many, postmodernism's proclamation of 'the death of the subject' is equally problematic.As a response to this dilemma, there has been a rise of interest in pluralistic models of the 'self' in which the person is conceptualized as a multiplicity of subpersonalities, as a plurality of existential possibilities or as a 'being' which is inextricably in-dialogue-with-others. Bringing together many disciplines, and with contributions from foremost writers on self-pluralism, The Plural Self overviews and critiques this emerging field. Drawing together theory, research and practice, the book expands on both the psychological and philosophical theories underlying and associated with self-pluralism, and presents empirical evidence in support of the self-pluralistic perspective, exploring its application within a clinical and therapeutic setting.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780761960768
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Dec-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - John Rowan
Mick Cooper is Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton and is a leading international authority in the fields of person-centred, experiential, existential and relational therapies. He is author and co-author of several SAGE books: the bestselling Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy with Dave Mearns (2005), Existential Therapies (2003) and The Plural Self (1998). His new book with SAGE, Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling: Contributions to a Pluralistic Practice, published in 2015 accompanied by a companion website hosting bespoke video tutorials of key therapeutic skills.
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