Psychology and the Other

ISBN : 9780199324804

David Goodman; Mark Freeman
416 Pages
174 x 242 mm
Pub date
Aug 2015
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The figure of the Other is an important though underutilized vehicle for exploring and reconceptualizing classic psychological and philosophical issues, from identity and purpose to human frailty and suffering. Moreover, it can be used to reorient inquiry toward aspects of the human condition that are often regarded as secondary or peripheral-for instance, our responsibility to others and to the environment. A broad spectrum of disciplines including psychology, philosophy, theology, and religious studies speak about the challenges we face in encountering the Other vis-a-vis our receptivity, openness, and capacity to entertain the stranger in our midst. Through constructive critical exchange, Psychology and the Other engages such perspectives on the Other from various subdisciplines within psychology and related disciplines. The volume uses the language of the Other as a vehicle for rethinking aspects of psychological processes, especially within the therapeutic context. As a group, the contributors demonstrate that the language of the Other may be more fitting than the egocentric language frequently employed in psychology. They also embrace the challenge to create new theories and practices that are more ethically attuned to the dynamic realities of psychological functioning. The book is organized into three sections. The first deals with foundational philosophical concerns and provides an introduction to the project of "thinking Otherwise." The second section brings these fundamental philosophical concerns to bear on the therapeutic situation, especially in the realm of relational psychoanalysis. The final section of the book addresses concrete psychological situations in which the Other figures prominently and where the power of thinking Otherwise is most visibly demonstrated.


Introduction: Why the Other?
David Goodman and Mark Freeman
Section I: Thinking Otherwise about the Human Condition
Chapter 2: Time and Lament: Levinas and the Impossible Possibility of Therapy
Eric Severson
Chapter 3: The Fourth/Reduction: Carl Jung, Richard Kearney, and the Via Tertia of Otherness
Amy Bentley Lamborn
Chapter 4: Transcendence, Renewal, and Reconciliation in Ronald Laing and Hans Loewald
Marsha Hewitt
Chapter 5: Eros, Transcendence, and Reconciliation: Ronald Laing and Hans Loewald
Alfred Tauber
Chapter 6: The Melancholy of Psychoanalysis: Marion, Kristeva, and the Difference of Theology
Jennifer Wang
Section II: Healing Through Relation
Chapter 7: Kierkegaard and the Other: A Phenomenological Psychotherapy
Merold Westphal
Commentary on Westphal: The Patient's Intentionality as Primary
Elizabeth A. Corpt
Chapter 8: The Difficulty of Being Two: Subjectivity and Otherness according to Lacan and Levinas
Jeffrey Bloechl
Commentary on Bloechl: The Levinasian Freud
Mark Freeman
Chapter 9: Beyond Sameness and Difference: Normative Unconscious Processes and Our Mutual Implication in Each Other's Suffering
Lynne Layton
Commentary on Layton: Beyond Sameness and Difference-Some Transnational Perspectives
Leslie A. Adelson
Chapter 10: The Shock of Recognition: What My Grandfather Taught Me About Psychoanalytic Process
Stuart A. Pizer
Commentary on Pizer: The Refugee in the Kitchen-Variations on Hineni for Stuart Pizer and His Grandfather
Donna M. Orange
Chapter 11: Beyond Alterity: The Path to Gratitude
Marie Hoffman
Commentary on Hoffman: Gratitude and Existential Uncertainty
Doris Brothers
Chapter 12: Being-in-the-World and Schizophrenia: Three Phenomenological Approaches to Self-Experience in Schizophrenia
Elizabeth Grosz
Commentary on Grosz: The Anguish of the Intermediaries-The Lived Experience of Schizophrenia
Heather Macdonald and Christy Hobza
Section III: Voices in the Field of the Other
Chapter 13: Confronting Otherness and Negotiating Identity in the German Jewish Experience
Roger Frie
Chapter 14: On Psychologizing the Other: Plato, Pith Helmets, and Pathology
Alvin Dueck
Chapter 15: The Pornographic Self: Technology, Vulnerability, and "Risk Free" Desire
David Goodman
Chapter 16: The Inbox as Home: A Radical Rethinking of Hospitality
Heather Macdonald
Chapter 17: Writing the Vignette: The Reversing of the Subjective
Peter August

About the author: 

David Goodman is the Interim Associate Dean at Boston College's Woods College of Advancing Studies; the Director of the Psychology and the Other institute; and a Teaching Associate at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital. He has written articles and book chapters on continental philosophy, Jewish thought, social justice, and psychotherapy, and his recent book The Demanded Self: Levinasian Ethics and Identity in Psychology (Duquesne University Press, 2012) considers the intersection of psychology, philosophy, and theology as it pertains to narcissism, ethical phenomenology, and selfhood. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.; Mark Freeman is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society in the Department of Psychology at the College of the Holy Cross. He is the author of Rewriting the Self: History, Memory, Narrative (Routledge, 1993); Finding the Muse: A Sociopsychological Inquiry into the Conditions of Artistic Creativity (Cambridge University Press, 1994); Hindsight: The Promise and Peril of Looking Backward (Oxford University Press, 2010); The Priority of the Other: Thinking and Living Beyond the Self (Oxford University Press, 2014); and numerous articles on issues ranging from memory and identity to the psychology of art and religion. Winner of the 2010 Theodore R. Sarbin Award in the Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, he is also editor for the Oxford University Press series Explorations in Narrative Psychology.

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