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Between Rationality and Irrationality : The Jewish Psychotherapeutic System - Mordechai Rotenberg

Between Rationality and Irrationality

The Jewish Psychotherapeutic System

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Jewish Scriptural interpretation entails a potential therapeutic bridge between the rational-material and the irrational-mystic in the world of psychotherapy. PaRDeS, as this system is known, is derived from the following concepts. "P" denotes peshat, the plain interpretation of the text, which translates into a rational interpretation of life. "R" symbolies reme, hinting at a related religious concept, which becomes a symbolic view of life. "D" stands for derash, the homiletic way of interpreting a text, or a narrative reading of life. And "S" represents sod, or the mystery behind an idea, which in psychological terms becomes a mystic understanding of life. Mordechai Rotenberg believes that it is by engaging readings in a "dialogue" with each other, as in the Jewish hermeneutic tradition, the psychology underlying one's existence may be more readily understood.

While Rotenberg acknowledges that it is legitimate to focus on one cognitive-rational or one narrative-storytelling therapeutic method in the course of therapy, he argues that a comprehensive theory of psychotherapy should include treatment possibilities for both rational and irrational manifestations of behavior, thereby engulfing all aspects of human behavior. For Rotenberg, a person's life becomes the "text," subject to being read and interpreted. If that person wishes to change his or her behavior via psychotherapy, then a hermeneutic system must be employed to understand that person's life. However, many systems interpret a person's life according to the particular theory espoused by the therapist. Rotenberg, in contrast, introduces a balanced theory bridging the rational and the irrational.

Between Rationality and Irrationality emphasies that it is more important for a therapist to learn his client's own "language" than to impose his own doctrinaire interpretation. This edition includes a new introduction by the author, as well as an appendix explicating an original psychological interpretation of PaRDeS

Mordechai Rotenberg is a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among his other books are Yeter: A Kabbalistic Psychology of Eroticism and Human Sexuality, Damnation and Deviance, Rewriting the Self and Hasidic Psychology, the latter three published in new paperback editions by Transaction.

Dia-ogic and dialectic languages of psychotherapyp. 3
Contraction, deconstruction, and true interpretationp. 19
Unconsciousness : the underground for irrational mysticismp. 41
PaRDeS : the narrative link between cognitive and mystic therapyp. 58
Depressed mania and spiritual exstasyp. 75
The psychology of "doing my own thing...for you"p. 99
Dia-logic recomposing and psychotherapyp. 119
Derush : the pivot for re-biographing and pre-biographingp. 140
Pardes and PaRDeS : towards a psychotherapeutic theoryp. 157
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ISBN: 9780765805836
ISBN-10: 0765805839
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 31st October 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32