ERIC Number: EJ900486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 95
Inherent Self, Invented Self, Empty Self: Constructivism, Buddhism, and Psychotherapy
McWilliams, Spencer A.
Counseling and Values, v55 n1 p79-100 Oct 2010
Constructivist and Buddhist approaches to counseling and psychotherapy share increasing popularity as well as similar epistemological assumptions and understanding of human dysfunction and its amelioration. These approaches can be seen as consistent with postmodern psychology, which is distinguished from a realist or foundationalist view. This article provides an overview of these 2 models and describes some of their implications for psychopathology and psychotherapy, including examples of specific therapeutic approaches drawn from each perspective that might mutually inform practitioners who wish to apply this perspective to a higher view of the human situation.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Psychopathology, Psychotherapy, Epistemology, Buddhism, Counseling Techniques, Postmodernism, Self Concept
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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