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Humanity's dark side : evil, destructive experience, and psychotherapy

Author: Arthur C Bohart
Publisher: Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Human destructiveness can take many forms, from the everyday little ways in which we hurt each other to atrocities like genocide and slavery. The capacity for such destructiveness is often referred to as humanity's dark side. Although an abundance of literature considers possible origins of humanity's dark side, most of it ignores how psychotherapists conceptualize and deal with the dark side in therapy. In this  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur C Bohart
ISBN: 9781433811814 1433811812
OCLC Number: 795687202
Description: xi, 291 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction : the dark side metaphor / Arthur C. Bohart --
Part I. Journeys beyond the Carl Rogers-Rollo May debate --
ch. 1. Radical openness to radical mystery : Rollo May and the awe-based way / Kirk J. Schneider --
ch. 2. Whence the evil? a personalistic and dialogic perspective / Peter F. Schmid --
ch. 3. Darth Vader, Carl Rogers, and self-organizing wisdom / Arthur C. Bohart --
Part II. Clinical encounters with the dark side --
ch. 4. Theogonies and therapies : a Jungian perspective on humanity's dark side / James Hollis --
ch. 5. Decalogue, or how to live a life : engendering self-examination / Edward Mendelowitz --
ch. 6. Evil : an experiential constructivist understanding / Larry M. Leitner --
ch. 7. When people do bad things : evil, suffering, and dependent origination / John Briere --
ch. 8. The ubiquity of evil and multimodal cognitive treatment of its effects / Arnold A. Lazarus --
ch. 9. Virtue and the organizational shadow : exploring false innocence and the paradoxes of power / Maureen O'Hara and Aftab Omer --
Part III. Broader implications : is psychology a moral endeavor? --
ch. 10. Beyond good and evil : variations on some Freudian themes / David Livingstone Smith --
ch. 11. Deny no evil, ignore no evil, reframe no evil : psychology's moral agenda / Ronald B. Miller --
ch. 12. Feeling bad, being bad, and the perils of personhood / Barbara S. Held.
Responsibility: edited by Arthur C. Bohart [and others].

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Human destructiveness can take many forms, from the everyday little ways in which we hurt each other to atrocities like genocide and slavery. The capacity for such destructiveness is often referred to as humanity's dark side. Although an abundance of literature considers possible origins of humanity's dark side, most of it ignores how psychotherapists conceptualize and deal with the dark side in therapy. In this book, prominent writers on psychotherapy present different, sometimes opposing views on humanity's dark side and consider how these views impact their clinical practice. Must therapists address the dark side in order to help people grow constructively? Or can they work to develop clients' positive features without addressing the dark side at all? How does one help a victim of evil cope in therapy, and what if the client is a perpetrator? Additional chapters address broader implications, such as whether psychology is a fundamentally moral enterprise, whether human negativity is necessarily immoral, and how organizations that strive for virtue might instead perpetuate vice. Complete with engaging case studies, this book will stimulate dialogue on important philosophical issues that impact clinical practice and broader social interactions.
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