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The Therapist as Listener: Martin Heidegger and the Missing Dimension of Counselling and Psychotherapy Training [Paperback]

Peter Wilberg

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1 Jun 2004
Listening is clearly central to the practice of both counselling and psychotherapy. Given this, it is quite extraordinary how little thought has been given to the nature of therapeutic listening and to the cultivation and evaluation of the therapist as listener. Instead, listening is a subject marginalised in both the theoretical literature on psychotherapy and in the practical training of counsellors and psychotherapists .In this collection of essays and articles by Peter Wilberg, the thinking of Martin Heidegger provides the platform for an exploration of the deeper nature of listening - not simply as a passive prelude to therapeutic or diagnostic responses, but as a mode of active inner communication with others. What Wilberg calls Maieutic Listening is not a new form of psychotherapy, but the innately therapeutic essence of listening as such - understood not as a mere therapeutic 'skill' but as a our most basic way of being and bearing with others in pregnant silence.

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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: New Gnosis Publications; 1st edition (1 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904519059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904519058
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 0.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although on first reading Wilberg's writing may seem quite dense or intense, I see it as an invitation to think seriously and question deeply rather than merely accepting superficial platitudes or external solutions. He writes of a world that has meaning, depth and soul. --www.meaningofdepression.com

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Wilberg's work has been heralded as groundbreaking by a select few from all over the world, including scholars and practitioners from Europe and Australia. Its importance has meant that American Universities have started to adopt it as essential reading.

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By Jon Frederickson - Published on Amazon.com
Wilberg's book is by far the best one written on the implications of Heidegger's work for the field of psychotherapy. Suddenly the Zollikon seminars make sense in a totally new light. He takes Heidegger's comments on objectification and reveals how our scientized manner of viewing the human person prevents us from listening to our own being or the being of the patient. Even if you are not interested in Heidegger, any therapist should purchase the book to read what he has to say about listening. I found it radically shifted my understanding of what it meant to listen to myself or someone else. A remarkable book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous 4 Mar 2013
By D. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish this were a good book. The topic is extremely important. Peter Wilberg's scholarship is poor at best. The book was returned as soon as it arrived. Be certain to use the "Look Inside" feature to determine whether this text is for you.
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