Self-Relations in the Psychotherapy Process
The concept of self for many psychotherapists has alluring appeal that conceals a haunting paradox. Self-Relations in the Psychotherapy Process examines the root of this paradox: How can therapy that is predicated on the notion of the self as firmly bound and highly individuated succeed when this concept is being challenged by the postmodern view of the self as much more fluid and complex? If we accept that the self is an ever-changing social and historical construction, how do we alter our approach to understanding disorder and change?
In this ground-breaking volume, prominent scholars examine the major tenets of postmodernism and apply them to the process of psychotherapy practice. Clinicians from a variety of orientations, including psychoanalytic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral, scrutinize such concepts as multiplicity, social constructionism, intersubjectivity, deconstruction, and contextualism in light of the day-to-day challenges that must be resolved by therapists. The contributors also converse through commentary. The result is a lively dialogue and a provocative example of how theory continues to shape and enrich the practice of psychotherapy.