Phenomenological Inquiry in Psychology: Existential and Transpersonal Dimensions

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Ron Valle
Springer Science & Business Media, 1998 - Philosophy - 442 pages
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This fine new book, the third in a series, brings psychologists up to date on the advances of phenomenological research methods in illuminating the nature of human awareness and ex periences. In the more congenial and welcoming intellectual climate of the 1990s, phe nomenological methods have moved to the forefront of discourse on research methods that support and advocate an expanding view of science. In Valle and King (1978), phenome nological methods were presented as alternatives to behavioral methods. In Valle and Halling (1989), phenomenological methods were advanced to perspectives in psychology. This new volume is even less cautious, indeed bolder, in relation to conventional methods and epistemologies. By now, people knowledgeable about psychology, and most psycholo gists, have digested the criticisms directed against methods that operationalize, quantify, and often minimize human behavior. In bringing us up to date on the growing power of phe nomenological methods, this volume brings welcome coherence and integrity to an in creasingly harried science attempting to reenchant itself with meaning and depth, an endeavor artfully exemplified by phenomenological inquiries of the last several decades.
  

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Contents

Introducing Existential Phenomenological Psychology
3
Existential Phenomenological Research
21
The Question of Reliability in Interpretive Psychological Research
63
Human Subjectivity and the Law of the Threshold Phenomenological and Humanistic Perspectives
87
EXISTENTIAL DIMENSIONS
109
Being Angry Revealed as SelfDeceptive Protest An Empirical Phenomenological Analysis
111
An Empirical Phenomenological Investigation of Being Ashamed
123
Latin American Womens Experience of Feeling Able to Move Toward and Accomplish a Meaningful and Challenging Goal
157
TRANSPERSONAL DIMENSIONS
271
Transpersonal Awareness Implications for Phenomenological Research
273
Toward a Phenomenology of Synchronicity
281
The Experience of Being Silent
309
On the Experience of Being Unconditionally Loved
321
On Being with Suffering
335
The Experience of Being with a Dying Person
359
The Experience of Feeling Grace in Voluntary Service to the Terminally
373

The Intentionality of Psychodiagnostic Seeing A Phenomenological Investigation of Clinical Impression Formation
175
Dissociative Womens Experiences of SelfCutting
209
Psychology of Forgiveness Implications for Psychotherapy
227
Womens Psychospiritual Paths Before During and After Finding It Difficult to Pray to a Male God
247
On the Encounter with a Divine Presence during a NearDeath Experience
387
Name Index
407
Subject Index
413
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About the author (1998)

Ron Valle is a professor, counselor, and author currently serving as co-director of Awakening: A Center for Exploring Living and Dying in Brentwood, California.

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