Understanding Experience: Psychotherapy and Postmodernism is a collection of innovative interdisciplinary essays that explore the way we experience and interact with each other and the world around us. The authors address the postmodern debate in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis through clinical and theoretical discussion and offer a view of the person that is unique and relevant today.
The clinical work of Binswanger, Boss, Fromm, Fromm-Reichmann, Laing, and Lacan is considered alongside the theories of Buber, Heidegger, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre and others. Combining clinical data from psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with insights from European philosophy, this book seeks to fill a major gap in the debate over postmodernism and bridges the paradigmatic divide between the behavioural sciences and the human sciences.
It will be of great interest to clinicians and students of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis who wish to come to terms with postmodernism, as well as those interested in the interaction of psychoanalysis, philosophy and social theory.
Table of Contents
Frie, Between Modernism and Postmodernism. Cannon, Sartre's Contribution to Psychoanalysis. Friedman, Martin Buber and Dialogical Psychotherapy. Richardson, Truth and Freedom in Psychoanalysis. Gendlin, Beyond Postmodernism - From Concepts through Experiencing. Mills, A Phenomenology of Becoming - Reflections on Authenticity. Frie, Language and Subjectivity - From Bingswanger through Lacan. Burston, Psychoanalysis and Subjectivity in the Work of Erich Fromm. Thompson, The Primacy of Experience in R.D. Laing's Approach to Psychoanalysis. Frederickson, The Eclipse of the Person in Psychoanalysis.
This essay collection is doubly remarkable: it not only calls for new kinds of dialogue between philosophy, psychiatry and psychoanalysis, but it points the modern reader back to a whole series of complex earlier encounters between these disciplines. For anyone wishing to know why the concept of "experience" is still a crucial one for all sciences of the mind, Frie's volume will be indispensable. - Malcolm Bowie, Master Christ's College, Cambridge
Roger Frie has produced an immensely stimulating and important work for the contemporary clinician. This collection of essays from a range of esteemed contributors, including Frie, bridges theory and practice and guides the reader through the postmodern debate in a way that renders it refreshingly accessible. It raises valuable questions about postmodernism and the clinical issues of agency, authenticity and subjectivity. I recommend this book highly. - Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg, PhD, Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology