By Rollo May, Ernest Angel, Henri F. Ellenberger
Due to the fact its booklet, lifestyles has been considered as an important, entire, and lucid account of the existentialist method of psychology. From the works of the prime spokesmen of the existential analytic flow, the editors have chosen vintage case histories and different writings to outline the strategy that seeks to appreciate psychological sickness, within the phrases of Rollo might, _...not as deviations from the conceptual yardstick of this or that psychiatrist...but as deviations within the constitution of the actual patient's lifestyles, the disruptions of his humane._
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The approach stated in Kierkegaard's sentences is, furthermore, the fore- runner of concepts of "participant observation" of Sullivan and the other emphases upon the significance of the therapist in the relationship with the The fact that the therapist participates in a real way in the relaan inseparable part of the "field" does not, thus, impair the soundness of his scientific observations. Indeed, can we not assert that unless patient. tionship and is the therapist is a real participant in the relationship and consciously recognizes this fact, he will not be able to discern with clarity what is in fact going on?
Except for satirical lampooning in Corsair, the of Copenhagen. For half a century he remained forgotten was then rediscovered in the second decade of this century, not only to effect on philosophy and religion but also to yield specific and important contributions to depth-psychology. Binswanger, for example, states in his paper on Ellen West that she "suffered from that sickness of the mind which Kierkegaard, with the keen insight of genius, described and illuminated from all possible aspects under the name of 'Sickness Unto Death/ I know of no document which could more greatly advance the existential- have a profound analytic interpretation of schizophrenia than that.
With Freud and Nietzsche he shared a significant fact: all three of them based their knowledge chiefly on the analysis of one case, namely, them- Freud's germinal books, such as Interpretation of Dreams, were based almost entirely on his own experience and his own dreams; he wrote in so selves. many words to Fliess that the case he struggled with and analyzed continually was himself. Every system of thought, remarked Nietzsche, "says only: this is a picture of all life, and from it learn the meaning of your life.
Existence: a New Dimension in Psychiatry and Psychology by Rollo May, Ernest Angel, Henri F. Ellenberger