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Conscious and Unconscious, Paperback / softback Book

Conscious and Unconscious Paperback / softback


All forms of psychotherapy deal with the limitations of our awareness.

We have limited knowledge of our creative potential, of the details of our own behaviour, of our everyday emotional states, of what motivates us, and of the many factors within and around us which influence the decisions we make and the ways we act.

Some therapists, especially those influenced by Freud and Jung, speak of the 'unconscious', giving the unintended impression that it is a kind of realm or domain of activity.

Others, reacting against the specifics of Freudian theory, shun the word 'unconscious' altogether.

However, so limited is the reach of everyday awareness and such is the range of unconscious factors, that one way or another these limitations must somehow be spoken about, sometimes in metaphor, sometimes more explicitly.

This book offers a broad survey of psychotherapy discourses, including: The psychoanalytic The interpersonal The experiential The cognitive-behaviouralThe transpersonalThis book offers a comprehensive overview of the ways in which these discourses employ a rich variety of concepts to address the limits of our everyday consciousness.Conscious and Unconscious is invaluable reading for all those interested in counselling and psychotherapy, including those in training, as well as for experienced therapists.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Conscious & unconscious
  • ISBN: 9780335209491



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