Intimacy, Transcendence, And Psychology: Closeness and Openness in Everyday Life

Paperback | November 15, 2009

bySteen Halling

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This book addresses the richness and depth of our intimate relationships and especially those moments when we come to see ourselves and the other person in a new way.  In such moments we realize that however much we are influenced by heredity and upbringing, we are also agents with the capacity for openness and transcendence.

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This book addresses the richness and depth of our intimate relationships and especially those moments when we come to see ourselves and the other person in a new way.  In such moments we realize that however much we are influenced by heredity and upbringing, we are also agents with the capacity for openness and transcendence.

Steen Halling is Professor of Psychology, Seattle University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.59 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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On Forgiveness“When we are disillusioned by someone close to us, we are not only profoundly disappointed in that person, but the very meaning and direction of our life and our relationship to the other simultaneously come into question…No longer being the one who is highly valued by the other, and seeing the cherished relationship fall apart, can be a devastating loss” (pp. 41-42).On Disillusionment“As defining as the injury and its impact were, so is the experience of forgiving. People report feeling lighter, fuller, clearer; whereas, before, the future was foreboding, it is now full of possibilities. While the injury is not forgotten, it no longer holds one so tenaciously” (p. 88).On Intimacy, transcendence and openness“To be a person is to live in the world with others. And anytime we become truly present to this reality, we are both enriched and humbled. As we have seen, in such a moment we experience deep empathy, appreciation or love for the other. It is also a moment when we, paradoxically, come to our senses as we allow ourselves to move past self-absorption and self-conscious to a connectness with something or someone that includes us and also surpasses us”  (p. 216).

Table of Contents

Introduction: On the Disappearance and Appearance of Persons * Seeing a Significant Other "As if for the First Time" * On Being Disillusioned by a Significant Other * Forgiving Another, Recovering One's Future * Experiencing the Humanity of the Disturbed Person * On the Study of Human Experience * Interpersonal Relations and Transcendence * Psychology, Transcendence and Everyday Life

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“Given an opportunity--that is, a willing reader--this volume could change lives. The journey Halling outlines transcends helping self or others and involves true seeing. To “see” someone means to understand, to accept, and to value. But Halling applies the concept to the relationships of everyday life and points out that through seeing others one learns to appreciate diversity, recognize one's own humanity, and, hence, recognize the humanity in others. This volume is a must for those wishing to (or helping others to) develop a more inclusive worldview.”--R. E. Osborne, Choice“This is a beautifully written book.  Carefully and compellingly charting a course through terrain fundamental to human life-intimacy, disillusionment, forgiveness-the book presents a rich, subtle, and integrated portrayal of individuals as relational beings.  Combining astute and sensitive analysis of material from participants with readings from a wide range of sources, the book reveals a depth of understanding which results from Halling’s years of engaging these topics. The book is a glowing testimony to the phenomenological approach advocated by the author.”--Jonathan A. Smith, Professor of Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London"Halling studies phenomena that are usually ignored by mainstream psychology because they are impossible to measure and seeks the meaning of these experiences to begin to clarify them…No barrier is placed between the experience and the understanding by Halling, he even dares to suggest that the disturbed person is first of all human and has to be studied with respect and understood with sympathy. The secret of his method is revealed as he explains his phenomenological approach and how it can be used to understand interpersonal relationships and their vicissitudes in a superior way. Psychology has to deal with everyday phenomena as they are lived--not abstracted or constructed by the researcher--and Halling has shown us how to do this.”--Amedeo Giorgi, Professor of Psychology, Saybrook Graduate School "Halling brings a wide array of itellectual wealth to this project. It must be said that Halling's book is a wonderful analysis of forgiveness and transcendence. Here, [the author] is at his best, and the text opens up all sorts of intersting new issues concerning openness as a way to live life. Overall this project has much to offer students of psychology, practicioners, and the layperson. Academics of all stripes too often forget that what we should be most concerned about is 'real' life--that is, how our theories apply to our own existence and the existence of those we love--and occasionally need to forgive. Lucky for us all, Halling is thoughtfully pointing us in the right direction. "--Danielle Meijer, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology