ERIC Number: ED195912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Teleology as Logical Phenomenology: Some Therapeutic Implications.
Rychlak, Joseph F.
Phenomenology is an important force in the development of psychological theory, rather than a variant type of counseling method. A distinction must be drawn between the sensory phenomenology in which gestaltists focus on sensory receptors, and logical pheomenology in which the grounding of belief or self-identity is viewed as a prediction or premise. This concept of logical phenomenology provides a framework for understanding teleological human behavior. Three areas relevant to psychotherapy which would benefit from phenomenological-theoretical investigation are: (1) the pervasive role of awareness in human conditioning; (2) the false distinction between insight and non-insight therapies; and (3) the telic nature of mental health. Phenomenological explanations in these areas could provide a distinctly different image of humanity than that currently accepted by psychological explanations. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Phenomenology; Teleology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980). Best copy available.