Constructivist Psychotherapy: A Narrative Hermeneutic by Gabriele Chiari

By Gabriele Chiari

Psychotherapy has passed through significant adjustments lately, with a number of new ways together with cognitive-behavioural remedy becoming a member of the extra conventional and frequent colleges of idea. those new methods all percentage the epistemological assumption of constructivism, which states that there are alternative routes of taking a look at occasions and that we interpret occasions in accordance with how we see the area.

Constructivist Psychotherapy stories the constructivist traits in psychotherapy which hyperlink those new ways, permitting the reader to go into a wholly new discussion. The booklet strains constructivist proposal, elaborating on Kelly’s own build idea and the results for psychotherapeutic conception and practice.

Areas of dialogue include:

  • the therapist’s knowing of the client’s narrative
  • a constructivist realizing of the person
  • psychological constructivism and constructivist developments in psychotherapy

Setting constructivist psychotherapy inside of its healing, social and philosophical context and utilizing case reviews all through, the ebook revisits 'Kellian' principles and theories, bringing them brand new, to discover what it really is to be a constructivist psychotherapist this present day. As such this publication can be of curiosity to all psychotherapists, in addition to an individual with an curiosity within the psychotherapeutic box.

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Personal identity, on the whole, is a narrative identity in that we make sense of our own identities by telling ourselves a story about our own life (Ricoeur, 1984/1983, 1985/1984,1988/1985). This is why identities are not ®xed structures or substances; instead, they are mobile and, until the story is ®nished, the identity of each character or person is subject to revision. Ricoeur's analysis of personal narrative identity yields four conclusions that are basic to his anthropology (Dauenhauer, 2005).

Thanks to professional burglars we know only too well that there are many keys that are shaped quite differently from our own but which nevertheless unlock our doors. (1984/1981, p. 21) In other words, knowing the structure of the key does not say anything about that of the lock. Should it unlock, the only knowledge obtained is that it was a key suitable for that lock. An even more clarifying analogy utilises the relation between the river and the landscape (von Glasersfeld, 1985). The river forms wherever the landscape allows the water to ¯ow.

Butt (2004) utilises Dilthey's (1924) distinction between understanding and explanation to clarify the personal construct project, in terms of an approach to an understanding of the complexity of the lived world. Furthermore, Butt (1998a, 1998b) has given important contributions to an understanding of the Kellyan notions of role and C-P-C cycle in the light of Merleau-Ponty's (1962/1945, 1963) phenomenology of embodiment. Lastly, Epting (1988) has declared his hermeneutic interpretation of personal construct psychotherapy, and has shown similarities and differences between personal construct theory and humanistic psychology (Epting & Leitner, 1992; Epting & Paris, 2006).

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