• Susie Orbach: There is no such thing as a body

    Approach/issue: Psychoanalysis

    Our self is first and foremost a body-as-experienced-being-handled-and held-by-other-self (Lewis Aron) Common sense, though all very well for everyday purposes, is easily confused, even by such simple questions as . . . when you feel a pain in the leg, where is the pain? If you say it is in your head, would it be in your head if your leg had not been amputated? If you say yes, then what reason have you for ever thinking you have a leg? (Bertrand Russell)

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  • Susie Orbach: Psychoanalysis’s discomfort with touch

    Approach/issue: Psychoanalysis

    That’s my squeeze machine . . . some people call it my hug machine. . . . it exerts a firm but comfortable pressure on the body, from the shoulder to the knees. As she lies in her machine . . . she feels that the machine opens a door into an otherwise closed emotional world and allows her, almost teaches her, to feel empathy for others. (Oliver Sacks, An Anthropologist from Mars pp. 263, 264)

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  • Windy Dryden: The Examined Life - A Rational Emotive Behavioural Perspective

    Approach/issue: REBT

    Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) is generally regarded as an approach to counselling and psychotherapy firmly rooted in the cognitive-behavioural tradition. This foundation, however, does not exhaust the features of this approach to therapy. In the first edition of his pioneering book, “Reason and Emotion in Psychotherapy”, Ellis (1962) outlines the psychological and philosophical influences on the development of his thought. In these passages it emerges that the youthful Ellis was passionately interested in the practical applications of philosophy. He cites Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius and Bertrand Russell as being particularly influential in this respect.

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  • John Rowan: The Dialogical Self and the Transpersonal

    Approach/issue: Person-Centered/Transpersonal

    Hermans et al (1992) conceptualized the self in terms of a dynamic multiplicity of relatively autonomous I-positions in the landscape of the mind.

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  • John Rowan: Fighting the ego is not a good idea

    Approach/issue: Person-Centered/Transpersonal

    Some of the great names who have written articles or been interviewed for WIE have been saying that the ego is an enemy who must be fought. It is a cunning and persistent enemy whose campaigns have many twists and turns, and many powerful weapons, and the ability to deceive and damage.

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