Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies

Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies

Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies

Thinking for Clinicians provides analysts of all orientations with the tools and context for working critically within psychoanalytic theory and practice. It does this through detailed chapters on some of the philosophers whose work is especially relevant for contemporary theory and clinical writing: Emmanuel Levinas, Martin Buber, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. Orange presents the historical background for their ideas, along with clinical vignettes to help contextualize their theories, further grounding them in real-world experience. With a hermeneutic sensibility firmly in mind, Thinking for Clinicians rewards as it challenges and will be a valuable reference for clinicians who seek a better understanding of the philosophical bases of contemporary psychoanalytic theory.

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  1. djbnyc "djbnyc" said,

    Wrote on January 8, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

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    Invaluable resource for all clinicians, August 19, 2009
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    This book is an important summary of some of the major philosophical sources for contemporary humanistic psychotherapy. Orange presents these ideas with clarity but without simplification, which would have rendered them superficial. I applaud this achievement and encourage psychotherapists and those interested in psychotherapy to read this book.

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  2. Kensho said,

    Wrote on January 8, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    A Valuable Resouce For Chaplains, April 28, 2011
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    This review is from: Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies (Paperback)

    Dr. Orange has created a truly valuable resource for all who work in the caring professions. While primarily directed toward the practicing psychotherapist and clinician, this volume holds ample insight for other professionals involved in the complex endeavor of caring for persons. As a hospice chaplain, I would heartily recommend it to those in clinical pastoral education programs as a tool to build, and challenge, a theology of care. Dr. Oranges’ sensitivity of the ethical dimension within the caring relationship, as evidenced by the concerns of the philosophers she skillfully draws from, ingeniously provides a continuing theme throughout her work that supplies the reader with a sound foundation for an ethics of relationship. A gifted teacher, Dr. Orange successfully weaves theory and practice together making for a excellent read and an immediately accessible resource for practice.

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  3. Book-loving Dyslexic said,

    Wrote on January 8, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    4 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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    For philosophy mavens only, February 18, 2010
    This review is from: Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies (Paperback)

    I got this book because it was required reading for a psychotherapy conference. I’ve never enjoyed reading philosophers or books about philosophy because I find the writing too abstract, dense, repetitive, and/or boring. However, I was looking forward to learning about a few modern philosophers I knew a little bit about. Unfortunately, this book reads just like the philosophy textbook in the college class I dropped out of. So I stopped reading it after 2 chapters. I have no idea how much someone who enjoys reading philosophy would enjoy this book. It’s also fair to the author to state that, being dyslexic, I tend to enjoy either short pieces (articles, short stories, etc.) or highly engaging longer writing (e.g., emotionally moving fiction).

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