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ERIC Number: EJ948957
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
Magical Realist Pathways into and under the Psychotherapeutic Imaginary
Speedy, Jane
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v39 n5 p425-438 2011
My experience of people's life stories from my work as a narrative therapist consistently destabilised distinctions between imagined/magical and real experiences. I came to realise that the day-to-day magical realist juxtapositions I came upon were encounters with people's daily lives, as lived, that have remained unacknowledged within the literatures of counselling. In this paper I speculate about the possible reasons for "smoothing" magical realities into rational realist accounts within the literature of counselling. I tell short stories that illustrate people's magical/realist manoeuvres out of impossible life circumstances towards different possibilities. I argue that just as writers on the margins have subversively written themselves into different spaces, people at the social and psychological margins have found imaginative pathways around life's walls. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; North America