Character and Personality TypesPaperback Core Concepts in Therapy
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- Publisher: OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 160 pages
- Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 12mm | 222g
- Publication date: 1 June 2001
- Publication City/Country: Milton Keynes
- ISBN 10: 0335206395
- ISBN 13: 9780335206391
- Illustrations note: bibliography, index
- Sales rank: 186,724
It is very difficult for the student or practitioner to find their way through the jungle of different personality typographies that has sprung up in the field of psychotherapy; and even harder for them to find a point of sufficient height above the forest canopy to get their bearings in order to compare one system with another. This volume offers such an observation point together with some possible mappings. It surveys how different schools of therapy approach a basic topic, the differences that exist between people - including their attitudes, feelings, concerns and talents. It examines different systematic and non-systematic approaches to identifying different types of human being, exploring whether there are systematic ways in which humans vary, how we can assess the merit of different typologies, and whether personality typing is a helpful approach to therapy. "Character and Personality Types" looks in detail at the arguments for and against the use of typologies of character and personality as a clinical tool; and offers general criteria for judging the merits of particular personality systems, as well as exploring the possibility of a wider synthesis.
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Nick Totton originally trained as a post Reichian therapist. He is strongly influenced by Process Oriented Psychology (Arnold Mindell) and psychoanalysis (he has a MA in Psychoanlytic Studies from Leeds Metropolitan University). Nick now practises and teaches his own synthesis, Embodied-Relational Therapy. Michael Jacobs retired in 2000 as Director of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Programme at the University of Leicester, having worked there for 28 years. He is now an independent consultant in psychotherapy and counselling, Fellow of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a writer of a large number of key texts used in training.
"A rich source of material, well referenced and set out. This book has something for all levels, from beginner to experienced practitioner." - Counseling & Psychotherapy Journal Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal 20031027
Table of contents
Series editor's preface Preface Orientations Character in psychoanalysis Reich and his heirs Jungian typology Humanistic and research-based typologies Transpersonal typologies Conclusion Further reading Bibliography Index.