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Character And Personality Types, Sc : Core Concepts in Therapy - Nick Totton

Character And Personality Types, Sc

Core Concepts in Therapy

Paperback Published: 1st June 2001
ISBN: 9780335206391
Number Of Pages: 160

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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.

"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

Series editor's prefacep. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Orientationsp. 1
Thesis, and ...p. 1
... Antithesisp. 2
Synthesisp. 2
Effective practicep. 3
Counter-argumentsp. 5
Classifying classificationsp. 7
Descriptive versus causal typologiesp. 9
Open versus closed typologiesp. 10
Tight versus fuzzy typologiesp. 12
Embodied versus mental typologiesp. 13
Pathological versus stylistic typologiesp. 14
Directive versus permissive typologiesp. 15
What makes an effective typology?p. 15
Character in psychoanalysisp. 17
Character and symptomp. 18
The descriptive approachp. 18
The dynamic approachp. 20
The structural approachp. 25
Later innovationsp. 27
Eriksonp. 27
Frommp. 28
Object relationsp. 29
Self psychologyp. 30
Lacanp. 30
Synthesisp. 30
Character--normal or abnormal?p. 33
Conclusionp. 34
Reich and his heirsp. 35
Character and relationshipp. 35
Bodily aspects of characterp. 36
Social aspects of characterp. 40
Character as creativep. 41
Later developments of Reichian character theoryp. 42
The character types as seen in different schoolsp. 42
Working with characterp. 44
Conclusionp. 52
Jungian typologyp. 54
A useful toolp. 54
The four typesp. 56
Perceiving and judging typesp. 57
Extraversion and introversionp. 58
The 'inferior function'p. 61
Balancing the functionsp. 62
Critiques and developments of Jungian typologyp. 63
Jungian personality inventoriesp. 65
Falsification of types and the physiology of Jungian typologyp. 66
Hillman's radical orthodoxyp. 66
Social and political implicationsp. 67
Conclusionp. 68
Humanistic and research-based typologiesp. 69
Unwilling acquiescencep. 69
Gestalt: unfinished businessp. 70
Maslow's hierarchy of needsp. 72
Transactional Analysisp. 73
Research-based typologiesp. 78
Left brain, right brainp. 78
Styles of learningp. 80
Sheldon's somatotypesp. 81
Predisposition to illnessp. 83
Personality testsp. 84
Conclusionp. 85
Transpersonal typologiesp. 87
The four elementsp. 88
Astrologyp. 90
The Medicine Wheelp. 91
Ayurvedap. 93
The seven chakra personality typesp. 94
Ayurvedic psychotherapyp. 97
Ken Wilberp. 98
Feeling and personhoodp. 99
The Enneagramp. 100
Archetypal systemsp. 101
Conclusionp. 105
Conclusionp. 107
Choosing between systemsp. 107
Practitioner diversityp. 108
Integrationp. 109
State and processp. 111
Form and causationp. 114
Elements, character positions and chakrasp. 115
Integrating causal systemsp. 117
Dangers of integrationp. 118
Further readingp. 120
Referencesp. 122
Indexp. 132
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ISBN: 9780335206391
ISBN-10: 0335206395
Series: Core Concepts in Therapy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st June 2001
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.7  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1