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The Interpreted World: An Introduction to Phenomenological Psychology [Paperback]

Ernesto Spinelli
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25 July 1989 0803981155 978-0803981157
Joint award winner of the Annual Counselling Psychology Award for outstanding professional and scientific contribution to Counselling Psychology in Britain for 2000.

`This book is highly recommended to a wide range of people as a clear and systematic introduction to phenomenological psychology... the book has set the stage for possible new colloquia between the phenomenological and other approaches in psychology' - Changes

`As a trainee interested in matters existential, I have been put off in the past by the long-winded and confusing texts usually available in academic libraries. Thankfully, here is a text that remedies that situation... [it] provides a readable and insightful account' - Clinical Psychology Forum

This text demystifies an exciting approach in psychology, offering a lucid account of the philosophical origins of phenomenological theory as well as introducing the phenomenological perspective on key issues in psychology.

Spinelli describes the development and principal tenets of phenomenology and outlines the aims and practice of the phenomenological method. He then presents the position of phenomenological psychology on the central topics of perception, social cognition and the self. The profound implications of phenomenology for the precepts and process of psychotherapy are also explored. Finally, the author addresses the relationship between phenomenological psychology and other major contemporary approaches within psychology, clarifying points of divergence from, and potential convergence with, these other systems.



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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (25 July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803981155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803981157
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`I originally came to psychology with high hopes of studying the richness of human behaviour and experience... It took me a long time to realise that much of the content of courses laundered and trivialised human experience, reducing it to straightjackets of theory, such that the resultant hotchpotch seemed totally remote and alien to my life and concerns.

I began to think there must be something wrong with me, but from time to time discovered the occasional book that restored my faith in people within the discipline (or allied to it) who seemed genuinely interested in what others were experiencing. To those gems... I would add Spinelli's The Interpreted World.

This is a beautiful book. I was moved by the concern the author demonstrates in communicating with his readership... Spinelli has taken great care to explain very clearly the key issues and to give examples that all of us can share... It succeeds as an excellent and comprehensive introductory source text for the scholar new to the phenomenological orientation, as well as for those more experienced readers who need to return to, and clarify, central arguments and concepts' - Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis

`This book is highly recommended to a wide range of people as a clear and systematic introduction to phenomenological psychology... the book has set the stage for possible new colloquia between the phenomenological and other approaches in psychology' - Changes

`As a trainee interested in matters existential, I have been put off in the past by the long-winded and confusing texts usually available in academic libraries. Thankfully, here is a text that remedies that situation... [it] provides a readable and insightful account' - Clinical Psychology Forum

`An excellent "primer" in phenomenological psychology... clearly written and jargon-free... Spinelli utilizes everyday life experiences and experiments and demonstrations from mainstream psychology to clarify phenomenological principles... I highly recommend [this] book' - Journal of Phenomenological Psychology

About the Author

Professor Ernesto Spinelli has gained an international reputation as one of the leading contemporary trainers and theorists of existential analysis as applied to psychology and psychotherapy and, more recently, the related arenas of coaching and conflict mediation. He is a UKCP registered existential psychotherapist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as an accredited executive coach and coaching supervisor. In 1999, Ernesto was awarded a Personal Chair as Professor of psychotherapy, counselling and counselling psychology. Ernesto is Director of ES Associates, an organisation dedicated to the advancement of psychotherapy, coaching, and supervision through specialist seminars and training programmes. Professor Ernesto Spinelli has gained an international reputation as one of the leading contemporary trainers and theorists of existential analysis as applied to psychology and psychotherapy and, more recently, the related arenas of coaching and conflict mediation. He is a UKCP registered existential psychotherapist, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as well as an accredited executive coach and coaching supervisor. In 1999, Ernesto was awarded a Personal Chair as Professor of psychotherapy, counselling and counselling psychology. Ernesto is Director of ES Associates, an organisation dedicated to the advancement of psychotherapy, coaching, and supervision through specialist seminars and training programmes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A mind opening experience 19 July 1999
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Spinelli is one of the most honest and open writers I have read. He does not put himself up as an expert, merely human. He explains Existential Phenomological theory, which does sound quite heavy, in an easy to understand way. He deals with perception and how they and our experiences motivate the way we are, how we see others and how this affects our views of the world. He examines the need for meaning in our lives and explores what life would like without it. A fascinating and mind expanding journey which can be read over and over again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clarifying and Enlightening 3 Nov 2004
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Perhaps not quite so demystifying as later works, yet this book tackles the quite specific "mystery" that is phenomenology, clarifying the difference between Husserlian ("transcendental") phenomenology and existential phenomenology, while using both to give examples. Spinelli is a remarkably open and honest writer, open to all kinds of challenges to orthodoxy, capable of wonder and marvel at the limits we impose on ourselves. Here he uncovers some perceptual processes that go unnoticed, challenging cognitive orthodxy along the way by making use of phenomenology. There is also a very useful critical overview contrasting and comparing different psychologies towards the back of this book, which I found indispensible to get to grips with the overlap and differences between humanistic (person-centred) psychology and existential psychology.
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