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Tales of Unknowing: Therapeutic Encounters from an Existential Perspective Paperback – 31 Aug 2006

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: PCCS Books (31 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898059799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898059790
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To a certain extent every attempt to translate lived experience onto paper is doomed to failure, and it takes not only a skilled writer but also a skilful practitioner to elicit in the reader some of the sense of humanity, immediacy and reality of the original relationship while not retreating into sentimentality and narcissism … Spinelli's book is difficult to put down and one is continually reminded with a vivid clarity of the personal and universal dilemmas of the interlocking of normal and therapeutic live. --Martin Adams, Regency College

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Originally published by Duckworth in 1997, PCCS Books is delighted to be re-issuing this still popular and very well-received book. Ernesto Spinelli is one of the leading exponents existential therapy today and one of its most brilliant practitioners. Rather than expounding a set of theories, Spinelli here gives an account of some of the most unforgettable therapeutic encounters that he has experienced during his professional life. His method comes to life in a way that is compelling and often profoundly moving. These stories of conflict and anxiety derived from human relationships illustrate the existential concern with 'being in the world' and act as catalysts to challenge the reader's personal experience even if he or she has had no direct experience of therapy. Told with an Oliver Sacks - like skill, these encounters introduce us to Mr Jones who refused to grow old gracefully, to moody and introverted Amanda who believed she had been given the wrong body, to Jim the octogenarian who lived in two time zones and to Giles whose obsessive identification with Einstein meant that his sexual activity was like a 'living mathematics' full of enthralling permutations.

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