Function of Faith in the daseinsanalytical Psychotherapy



The article briefly presents the history of daseinsanalysis as a direction of psychotherapy. Two fundamentally different approaches within the framework of daseinsanalysis are compared: 1) the initial for daseinsanalytical psychotherapy approach by M. Boss, and 2) the later approach by A. Holzhey-Kunz. The aim of the article is to demonstrate that the basis of differences between these two approaches lies in the factor of faith, understood in accordance with the philosophy of Kierkegaard, a very important author for the thought of Heidegger and for understanding of daseinsana- lytical psychotherapy. Two a/n approaches are systematically set out so that a reader can make the acquaintance of them.

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Keywords: daseinsanalysis, being, world, care, terminality, freedom, awe, ontological implication, the burden of being, depression, avoidance, line of response, the faith, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Binswanger, Boss, Holzhey-Kunz

Journal rubric: Psychology of Faith, Christian Psychology and Psychotherapy

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The research has been supported by a grant from the Russian Foundation for Humanities (grant № 16-06-00995а “Psychology of Forms of the Religious Сonsciousness of Modern Human: Stucture, Dynamics, Functions”.

For citation: Lyzlov A.V. Function of Faith in the daseinsanalytical Psychotherapy. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2016. Vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 100–114. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2016240506. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Alexey V. Lyzlov, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of General Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Moscow state University Named after M. V. Lomonosov, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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