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Existence: A New Dimension in Psychiatry and Psychology

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Since its publication in 1958, Existence has been regarded as the most important, complete and lucid account of the existentialist approach to psychology. From the works of the leading spokesmen of the existential analytical movement, the editors have selected classic case histories and other writings to define the new approach which seeks to understand mental illness, in ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published June 1st 1958 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1958)
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Erik Graff
Dec 06, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: psychotherapists
Recommended to Erik by: Grinnell faculty
Shelves: psychology
In college I became interested in psychotherapeutics, but not as it was taught by most of the psychology department's faculty. Fortunately, the new religion department had several adjuncts with doctorates in the field who taught interdisciplinary courses. Existence: A New Dimension in Psychiatry and Psychology, a collection of essays by existential psychologists, was recommended reading for one such course.

Existential Psychology has much more currency in Europe than in the States and the phrase
At the time this book was written it was said that existance was the nuclear bomb of psychology. More powerful than could be understood. When the power was harnessed it would change everything.
Many current books like “the secret”, “the present”, “the power of now” and pretty much anything written by Eckhart Tolle are just starting to tap the power of this philosophical paradigm.
It all started with some turn of the 20th century philosophers that were sick of the world becoming more mechanized an
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