Psychology and the Other by David Goodman

Psychology and the Other

EditorDavid Goodman, Mark Freeman

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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 conditionthat 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 ourreceptivity, 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 withinthe 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 dynamicrealities 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 ofrelational 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.

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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 psych...
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Title:Psychology and the OtherFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsDavid Goodman and Mark Freeman: Introduction: Why the Other?Section I: Thinking Otherwise about the Human Condition2. Eric Severson: Time and Lament: Levinas and the Impossible Possibility of Therapy3. Amy Bentley Lamborn: The Fourth/Reduction: Carl Jung, Richard Kearney, and the Via Tertia of Otherness4. Marsha Hewitt: Transcendence, Renewal, and Reconciliation in Ronald Laing and Hans Loewald5. Alfred Tauber: Eros, Transcendence, and Reconciliation: Ronald Laing and Hans Loewald6. Jennifer Wang: The Melancholy of Psychoanalysis: Marion, Kristeva, and the Difference of TheologySection II: Healing Through Relation7. Merold Westphal: Kierkegaard and the Other: A Phenomenological PsychotherapyElizabeth A. Corpt: Commentary on Westphal: The Patient's Intentionality as Primary8. Jeffrey Bloechl: The Difficulty of Being Two: Subjectivity and Otherness according to Lacan and LevinasMark Freeman: Commentary on Bloechl: The Levinasian Freud9. Lynne Layton: Beyond Sameness and Difference: Normative Unconscious Processes and Our Mutual Implication in Each Other's SufferingLeslie A. Adelson: Commentary on Layton: Beyond Sameness and Difference--Some Transnational Perspectives10. Stuart A. Pizer: The Shock of Recognition: What My Grandfather Taught Me About Psychoanalytic ProcessDonna M. Orange: Commentary on Pizer: The Refugee in the Kitchen--Variations on Hineni for Stuart Pizer and His Grandfather11. Marie Hoffman: Beyond Alterity: The Path to GratitudeDoris Brothers: Commentary on Hoffman: Gratitude and Existential Uncertainty12. Elizabeth Grosz: Being-in-the-World and Schizophrenia: Three Phenomenological Approaches to Self-Experience in SchizophreniaHeather Macdonald and Christy Hobza: Commentary on Grosz: The Anguish of the Intermediaries--The Lived Experience of SchizophreniaSection III: Voices in the Field of the Other13. Roger Frie: Confronting Otherness and Negotiating Identity in the German Jewish Experience14. Alvin Dueck: On Psychologizing the Other: Plato, Pith Helmets, and Pathology15. David Goodman: The Pornographic Self: Technology, Vulnerability, and "Risk Free" Desire16. Heather Macdonald: The Inbox as Home: A Radical Rethinking of Hospitality17. Peter August: Writing the Vignette: The Reversing of the SubjectiveIndex