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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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Phenomenology in psychology and psychotherapy: clearing of vague experiences 2560

Ulanovskiy A.M.
PhD in Psychology, Senior lecturer at the General and experimental psychology chair of the Psychology faculty, State University "Higher School of Economics". Senior researcher at the Laboratory for psychosemantics and communication psychology of the Psychology faculty, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

This article is devoted to the analysis and development of phenomenology ideas in psychology and psychotherapy. The short review of phenomenological psychology formation and modern lines of its working out is given. In the article the analysis of the E. Husserl experience concept and E.T. Gendlin's psychotherapeutic concept is presented. In this concepts the problem of vague «preconceptual» experiences, corporal «felt sense», a straight line reference, symbolization and changes of experiences is discussed. The special attention is given to the description of a psychotherapeutic method of «focusing», its bases, principles and steps. Distinction of descriptive and interpretive phenomenology and distinction of descriptive and interpretive approaches to work with experiences in a number of modern directions of psychotherapy is spent.

Keywords: phenomenology, psychotherapy, experience, sense, the description, interpretation.

Column: Theory and methodology

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