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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications UK; First Edition edition (1 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761951091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761951094
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Cohn has succeeded in presenting [the existential-phenomenological] tradition with clarity and succinctness and without oversimplification - no mean feat' - The European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling & Health

`Hans W Cohn pits existential-phenomenological thought against psychoanalytic theory, then provides a stimulating and insightful commentary on the strengths of the one and the weaknesses of the other... it is to his enormous credit that Cohn uses his considerable knowledge of both opponents to ensure an even-handed and respectful exposition... [with] a lightness of touch and a clarity of style... Cohn demonstrates his mastery of the subject matter by distilling often arduous concepts into reader-friendly statements without loss of precision or flavour. The effect encourages and stimulates the reader to remain with the material knowing that s/he is capable of sustaining an equal relationship with it... if you want at least one "existential psychotherapy" text in your library, buy this one. It's a winner' - The Psychotherapy Review

`Cohn's book is the first rigorous and even-handed comparison of the existential and the psychoanalytic stances. He devotes each chapter to a topic and clearly defines the points of contact and difference with impressive precision, and as such it is a triumph of pluralist clarity and learning which does not oversimplify either position' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`A lucid and much-needed account of existential psychotherapy... As well as locating existential psychotherapy within a historical and philosophical context, Hans Cohn encompasses various therapeutic issues and provides some vivid and sensitive passages of case material... [which are] remarkable for their sensitivity and understanding... I found the book provided a concise and clarifying account of the underlying philosophy and of the psychotherapeutic practice... Hans W Cohn's comparison of an existential-phenomenological approach with psychoanalysis delineates areas of complementarity and areas of radical difference. The existentialist challenge to Freud outlined in the book provides an alternative point of view to counter potentially engulfing aspects of a psychoanalytic vision. This is a stimulating book which is a valuable contribution towards dialogue between different approaches of psychotherapy' - International Journal of Psychotherapy

`I very much like what Cohn has done... All in all Cohn has given us a good read. The book is comprehensive, honouring to the reader and thought-provoking' - Self & Society

`This small but informative volume... is absorbingly written and intellectually challenging in a way that allows for broad agreement as well as critical opposition' - Daseinsanalyse

`This book stimulated me intellectually and helped me clarify some of my thoughts. It also whetted my appetite for more.' - Group Analysis

About the Author

Hans W Cohn is a psychotherapist in private practice and lectures at the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent's College in London, where he also supervises students who have chosen to engage in a programme leading to an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a very accessible book, a must for Trainee Counselling Psychologists and Psychotherapists. Hans Cohn provides a clear and succinct exposition of a very complex topic. It provides an essential starting point for existential and phenomenological minded students. It also provides an excellent summary for other disciplines which need information in this fertile field. Very enjoyable read, once you pick it up it is extremely difficult to put down.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By lizzy.o@virgin.net on 30 Dec 2001
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A clear and concise introduction to Existential Therapy. Cohn introduces us first to the basic philosophical underpinning of Existential Psychotherapy. He gives us a brief, although clear account of Heideggers 'existentials' and proposes two others. His comparison to psychoanalytic theory with examples of both concepts in practice is useful for readers already familiar with psychoanalytic theory. He introduces us to the main figures in existential philosophy and psychotherapy. This book will be valuable for all concerned with other approaches to psychotherapy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Salazar on 5 Sep 2010
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This is an excellent introduction to Existential Psychotherapy. The first two schools of Existential Psychotherapy were based on Heidegger's philosophy. He managed to create a theory of existence without ever using the word "man". Understanding his 'Dasein', generally translated as being-there or Cohn's preferred translation as the-there-of-being, is the basis to creating a psychotherapeutic movement inspired on this philosophy. That is why Ludwig Binswanger and Medard Boss both called their approaches Daseinsanalysis. In this book he compares both authors and illustrates the concepts he introduces with fragments of case studies. He starts with an introduction to phenomenology, at some points he makes comparisons with psychoanalysis, he sets out the ground for group work from this point of view (which oddly enough remains unexplored by other authors), and even questions the concept of the unconscious. Although brief, it is a great tool for anyone training as a psychotherapist or counsellor who is interested in the Existential approach.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Kemp on 27 Feb 2008
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Apparently existential-phenomenology is complex and difficult to grasp. Therefore we get books like this which reduce the practice down to an oversimplified level. This book will be good for those with no knowledge of the area and little grasp of the philosophy. For anybody who would like to increase their level of knowledge - look elsewhere. Try Roger Brooke's works, also JH van den Berg and Romanyshyn.
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12 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb 2003
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Heidegger's involvement with psychology and psychiatry is an interesting and promising field for contemplation. However, Cohn's book is simply not up to the task. His representations of Heidegger's philosophy are simplistic and in many places just plain wrong. Cohn is not a philosopher, and perhaps this is why his grasp of Heidegger's phenomenology is so poor. The constant swipes at psychoanalysis are also misjudged and crass - particularly since some psychoanalytic practice has integrated modern phenomenological and deconstructive philosophy in a more informed way than Cohn is able to do.
For anyone interested in Heidegger and psychology/psychotherapy, I'd suggest they read the Zollikon Seminars for themselves; Cohn's book has nothing to add. A missed opportunity.
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