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Counselling and identity : self realisation in a therapy culture

Author: Alex Howard
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Probing beneath contemporary cliches about 'personal development,' this interdisciplinary text integrates personal, social and 'transpersonal' dimensions of identity formation and frustration. It weaves psychological, sociological and philosophical authors in a scholarly, erudite, yet highly accessible, almost conversational style, and examines the very identity of counselling. Is it a treatment of people? Or a way  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Howard
ISBN: 140393309X 9781403933096
OCLC Number: 58547080
Description: vii, 295 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : identity and why it matters --
In search of self --
counselling and identity --
Telling what's wrong --
narratives and metaphors of sickness and health --
Truth telling --
identity and reality --
Honoured and esteemed? : identity and happiness --
Feeling good and being good : identity and ethics --
What was it like for you? : measuring and assessing change in identity --
Transcending self : identity, society and the transpersonal --
Conclusion --
identities, past, present and future.
Responsibility: Alex Howard.
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Questions relating to personal identity are of central importance within counselling, which is often seen as an essentially (and perhaps excessively) 'me-focussed' activity.  Read more...

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"Alex Howard has penned a masterpiece on identity and its relation to counselling. This book should be required reading for all who engage, philosophically or otherwise, with selves and others." - Read more...

 
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