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Phenomenology in Psychotherapy: An interview with Yannis Toussulis

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

This interview with Yannis Toussulis is the first in a series of conversations about the role phenomenology, both descriptive and hermeneutic, plays in clinical practice. Yannis Toussulis received his PhD in Psychology from Saybrook Graduate School in 1995. His dissertation, supervised by Amedeo Giorgi, was entitled “Faith as A Lived-Experience: A Phenomenological Study”. He is a

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Video: Mohanty and Giorgi, part two

Jun 8th, 2013 | By

This is the Q & A portion of the presentation given by philosopher J. N. Mohanty and psychologist Amedeo Giorgi participated in a panel discussion on phenomenology as part of the annual meeting of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists held at Ramapo College on May 25, 2013. James Morley moderated and questioners included Louis Sass and Lester

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Video: Mohanty & Giorgi on Phenomenology, part one

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By

On May 25, 2013 the philosopher J. N. Mohanty and the psychologist Amedeo Giorgi participated in a panel discussion on phenomenology as part of the annual meeting of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists held at Ramapo College. The talk was moderated by James Morley; questioners included Louis Sass and Lester Embree. This is Part One

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Reading Badiou’s Ethics

Jun 1st, 2013 | By

This morning I’m rereading bits of Alain Badiou’s beautiful book Ethics (L’éthique: Essai sur la conscience du mal). I’m struck again by how revelatory this text is on such a range of issues, and how useful for a renewed psychology, at the same time. I mentioned to a friend recently that Badiou’s discussion of becoming-a-subject

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How to interview phenomenologically: Englander (2012)

May 14th, 2013 | By

Magnus Englander’s 2012 article, “The Interview,” is an excellent resource for students learning how to conduct phenomenological research. As Englander points out, though Steiner Kvale’s excellent work on interviewing is well known among qualitative researchers, there are important differences between Kvale’s work and a phenomenological perspective. This article clarifies issues such as how to select

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Dialogue and a tanka

Apr 12th, 2013 | By

Merleau-Ponty (1993) wrote, “For the speaker no less than for the listener, language is definitely something other than a technique for ciphering or deciphering ready-made significations” (p. 80). He is ever insistent that being-in-the-world is an embodied event, an ongoing discovery, and he relentlessly examines the ways in which experiences are given to us, prior

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Englander: Empathy Training and the Primacy of the Other

Oct 15th, 2012 | By

Earlier this year I was invited to Volvo’s headquarters in Sweden to pilot my phenomenologically-based empathy training–afterwards, organizational consultants began to take an interest in what I was doing. Ahrenfelt, a well-known corporate consulting firm, invited me to give a talk at their yearly meeting in Stockholm. In preparing for such a talk outside of

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Tanaka’s blog on the phenomenology of embodiment

Sep 9th, 2012 | By

Shogo Tanaka’s site Embodied Knowledge, with which I’ve just become acquainted, approaches the philosophy and psychology of embodiment through the lens of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology. Tanaka teaches at Tokai University in Japan, and he is particularly interested in the dialogue between phenomenological philosophy and empirical sciences such as “neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, robotics, etc.”

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Themes in Phenomenological Psychological Research: Intimacy, Trauma and Resilience, and Empathy

Sep 5th, 2012 | By

This PowerPoint presentation accompanied my 2-day graduate seminar  introducing students to the descriptive phenomenological psychological research of Wertz, Halling, and Englander. The seminar was offered as an introduction for students who may never have encountered phenomenology before; its aim was to give students a sense of the kinds of questions descriptive phenomenologists ask, the careful

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Interview: Elsaesser on communicating with coma patients

Jul 3rd, 2012 | By

Sebastian Elsaesser is a psychotherapist specializing in process work, psychosomatic medicine, and altered states of consciousness. He maintains an active practice in Stuttgart, Germany and in Brazil. For years he has collaborated with Peter Frör in developing a program in the Intensive Care Units of Klinikum der Universität München, one of Germany’s most technically sophisticated

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