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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
Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: psychotherapists
Recommended to Erik by: John Morris
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
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Bill
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
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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Paige Ellen Stone
This was one of the singular most foundational books I read during my education and training as an existential-phenomenologic therapist. It serves as a magnificent introduction to that field and sends the reader on a path deeper and deeper into the field. In some ways, it was RM's best book.
David Elliott
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Indispensable for all who want/need to understand the origins of existential psychology (EP). This book introduced EP to an American readership. Rollo May, who went on to a brilliant career in American psychotherapy, teaching, and writing provides an clear, deep overview of the founding principles of EP and of its early history. The justly famous (or, depending on one's viewpoint, infamous) case of "Ellen West" is included in this volume, as presented by Ellen's final psychiatrist, Ludwig Binswa ...more
MizzSandie
The Danish version I have of this book is a translation from what I presume is two chapters of this book (that it refers to), "the origins and significance of the Existential Movement in Psychology" and "contributions of Existential Psychotherapy" - which is why I've only 'partly read' this.
But I LOVED what I read!
It is very much in line with my own thinking on existence as well as psychotherapy.
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