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Personification: Using the Dialogical Self in Psychotherapy and Counselling [Paperback]

John Rowan
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4 Nov 2009 0415433460 978-0415433464 1

Personification discusses the theory behind multiplicity of the person and considers the implications that the relationships between the different parts of the same person have in practice.  Providing both historical and contemporary insights John Rowan reveals new thinking and research in the field, as well as offering guidelines for using this information in practice.

The book also looks closely at the practice of personification – a technique involving the turning of a problem into a person and allowing a two-way dialogue through which the inner critic can be addressed and explored.

As such areas of discussion include:

  • the use of multiplicity in therapy
  • group work and the dialogical self
  • the transpersonal

This practical, straightforward book will be ideal reading for anyone using personification in their therapeutic work, including psychotherapists, counsellors and coaches.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (4 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415433460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415433464
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I use psychotherapy and counselling models and methods, including multiplicity, in my professional coaching work. Like John I am sceptical about the "absolute truth" of any such models, but I find that when I and a client use them as if they are true, while all the time knowing that they are not, the work can be very productive. This book deepens my understanding of the processes which I use, and it will refine my work. I found it fascinating." - Sir John Whitmore PhD, Chair of Performance Consultants International, The Institute of Human Excellence, and a strong advocate of the use of the Transpersonal in coaching

"John Rowan’s book is an impressive and audacious attempt to overcome the "narcissism of small differences" so typical of many psychotherapeutic traditions. As a bridge builder with an open and integrative mind, he throws new light on the broad literature about subpersonalities. By introducing dialogical self theory, he presents a compelling new vision that brings together personal and transpersonal phenomena that were treated too long as dichotomous domains in the literature on the self." - Hubert J.M. Hermans, Radboud University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

"This book provides an in depth tour of multiplicity and the dialogical self. If you want to know what is happening on the leading edge of psychotherapeutic work read this. An integrative text that will inform and challenge you." - Leslie S. Greenberg, York University, Canada

About the Author

John Rowan is a counsellor and psychotherapist, working with both individuals and couples, in private practice in north-east London. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and has an Honorary Fellowship from the UKCP. He is also a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a founder member of the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners.

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This book is a great resource for therapists who want to use dialogical self theory in their practice. It synthesises the main ideas so that they are easily understood and applied. It is also a clarion call for therapists to unite rather than succumb to what Freud called 'the narcissism of small differences'.

The great and integrating idea that dialogical self theory has is the notion of 'I' positions, a multiplicity of them, within the self, that applies to most, if not all,therapeutic theories.

The book builds upon and takes further work Rowan has explored in previous books such as 'Subpersonalities' and 'The Plural Self'. If this approach to therapy interests you I would start with this book and work back to the previous titles.
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Rowan yet again presents us with a fascinating study of sub-personalities, archetypes, ego states or whatever we wish to call all those 'voices' inside updating his former book, Personalities, The People Inside, with later research - well worth a read for all of us psychotherapists who wish to gain a deeper understanding of depth psychology, specifically in relation to the transpersonal and the sublime. Elise Wardle, MA, BACP (Accred.), Jungian Psychotherapist
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