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The Emergent Self: An Existential-Gestalt Approach (The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Series) (Paperback)

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This book tracks a particular understanding of self, philosophically, from research evidence and its implications for psychotherapy. At each step, the author includes the theory, the clinical implications of the theory, links to the philosophical outlook inherent in the theory, and finally a more extended case example.

Philipsson takes the view that the continuing self is partly an illusion, partly a construct, and that we in fact have to work to stay the same in the face of all the different possibilities the world offers us. He believes that we do this for two reasons. First, continuity allows deeper contact: friendships, loving relationships with partners and families. Second, the predictable is less anxiety-producing, and that we avoid this existential anxiety by acting in a stereotyped way and avoiding some of the depths of contact. He argues that this dual nature of continuing self, in one context deepening contact and in another context avoiding contact, has an important place in the understanding of psychotherapy.

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Peter Philippson is a UKCP Registered Gestalt psychotherapist and trainer, a Teaching and Supervising Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute UK, a founder member of Manchester Gestalt Centre, Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, senior trainer for GITA (Slovenia) and a guest trainer for many training programs internationally. He is the author of Self in Relation, co-author of Contact and Relationship in a Field Perspective, chapter respondent in Gestalt Therapy: History, Theory and Practice, editor of The Nature of Pain and, (with John Harris), co-author of Gestalt: Working with Groups, co-editor of Topics in Gestalt Therapy, and author of many papers on Gestalt therapy in British, French, American, Australian, Canadian and Spanish Gestalt Journals. He is on the Editorial Board of Studies in Gestalt Therapy, an Editorial Advisor of the British Gestalt Journal, and is currently President of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.

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