The clearing of being: a phenomenological study of openness in psychotherapy

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King, R. 2017. The clearing of being: a phenomenological study of openness in psychotherapy. Thesis Middlesex University / Metanoia Institute Psychology
TitleThe clearing of being: a phenomenological study of openness in psychotherapy
AuthorsKing, R.
Abstract

Readily acknowledged but rarely understood – Openness, as a concept in psychotherapy, invites further attention. This research takes philosophy as its starting point, and weaves it with the lived experience of practitioners in order to develop a therapeutic understanding of Openness.
Hermeneutic phenomenology was used as the methodology, with extensive reference to the work of van Manen (2014, 2002, 1990). Data was gathered from a rich diversity of sources: philosophical texts, a review of the secondary literature, interviews with participants, exploration of metaphor and the researcher’s anecdotal writings.
The study was guided by Heidegger’s image of a forest clearing (die Lichtung), a metaphor for the Openness of Being. Through phenomenological description the research explores how Openness enables the dialectic between disclosure and concealment in the therapeutic space. At the same time it acknowledges the difficulties experienced by therapists in staying-with anxiety, evoked by the uncertainty and mystery of Openness. In short this study sheds light on how therapists understand and embody Openness in their work.
Products resulting from the study included: a peer reviewed paper, conference workshop, an article, a book proposal and a workshop at the Metanoia Research Academy.

LanguageEnglish
Department namePsychology
Institution nameMiddlesex University / Metanoia Institute
Publication dates
Print11 Oct 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited11 Oct 2017
Accepted05 Oct 2017
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Accepted author manuscript
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