`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice `Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on the ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including: · Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'? · Clinical issues: Is ther

On the Existence of the Unconscious

On the Existence of the Unconscious

On the existence of the unconscious
TimKendall and PeterSpeedwell

A Impractical Notion

The idea of the unconscious, as conceived by Freud in the closing years of the nineteenth century, is at best a metaphor. At worst, the unconscious appears to be not much more than a misused and abused caricature of a much richer Nietzschean version of beasts, bodies or ‘The Self (Nietszche, 1969: 61–3). Its paradoxes produce a kind of dyspepsia, so that whatever you have swallowed keeps returning, as if to tell you that you should be more careful about what you consume. On the one hand, the unconscious simply refers to those ideas and motivations within ourselves of which we are usually unaware, the personal psychological unknown (with no ...

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