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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446


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The phenomenological concept against a phenomenological method: the Critical analysis of Medard Boss work with dreams 1478

Gendlin E.
Doctor of Philosophy, American philosopher and psychotherapist, USA

This small E.T. Gendlin’s work is devoted, apparently, to a private problem – the analysis of dreams. However, on several examples he brings up key questions of methodology of the phenomenological approach in psychotherapy, which carries out the critical analysis of concepts and the modes of work entered into Daseinanalysis psychotherapy by M.Boss and shows that concepts themselves yet do not guarantee use of a phenomenological method which would correspond to its essence. In opposition to the Boss, the author explains the understanding of a phenomenological method and opens substantive provisions of the approach to work with experience.

Keywords: a phenomenological method, phenomenological concepts, the relation, possibility, interpretation, a dream

Column: Method

For Reference

  1. Boss, Medard. Dreaming and the Dreamed in the Daseinsanalytical Way of Seeing.Trans. Tom Cook.
  2. Boss, Medard. 1958. The Analysis of Dreams. Trans. A.J. Pomerans. New York:Philosophical Library.
  3. Gendlin, Eugene T. 1962. Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning. New York: The Free Press.
  4. Gendlin, Eugene T. 1973. Experiential Phenomenology. In Phenomenology and the Social Sciences, ed. M. Natanson. Evanston: Northwestern University Press.
  5. Heidegger, Martin. 1960. Sein and Zeit. Tьbingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag.

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