This is the definitive practical introduction to a skills-based approach in existential therapy. Accessible for those without a philosophical background, it describes the concrete and tangible skills, tasks and interactions of existential practice. It covers the theoretical background and history of existential therapy, along with taking a phenomenological approach to practice and individual clients. This second edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect recent thinking, and expanded to include: * A new chapter on the applications of existential therapy in wider contexts, such as supervision and coaching. * A new chapter covering professional issues and challenges, such as working in the NHS, engaging with research and the use of the Internet in existential therapy. * A companion website which includes video content, featuring the authors explaining each chapter’s underpinning theory, and demonstrating the principles in practice. A much needed resource for trainees as well as experienced practitioners keen to expand their knowledge, the authors make the existential approach accessible to all those who wish to find out what it has to offer.
Chapter 4: Developing an Existential Attitude
Developing an Existential Attitude
‘If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than it was because he was he, and I was I.’
Openness to Experience
As we have seen, existentially the sense of self is fluid rather than fixed, being continuously co-created by the person’s interactions in the world and reflection upon this. In this way the worldview is constructed. But because it is so personal, we expect others to perceive the world in the same way and we are constantly reminded that they do not. Their view always reveals a new perspective that offers us the possibility of altering our own view and getting a bit closer to truth, if we are ...