Item description for Walking In Two Worlds: The Relational Self In Theory, Practice, And Community by Stephen Gilligan & Dvorah Simon, Ph.D....
Self-Relations Therapy is, in part, a synthesis of theory and practice from various prior traditions. However, the approach is more than an amalgam of ideas; rather, SR offers a meta-framework in which multiplicity -- of form, meaning, presence, and so on -- can be contained within an actively adaptive, aware, and present relational self.
Editors Stephen Gilligan and Dvorah Simon have gathered in a mosaic of content and communication to explain the perspective and to show how it can be applied across contexts. Divided into five broad sections -- The Self-Relations Approach, Applications of Self-Relations, Self-Relations and Spiritual Paths, Dimensions of Self-Relations, Self-Relations and Expressive and Somatic Approaches -- the book can be dipped into or read from beginning to end. Like a rich and colorful mosaic, the material can inspire or invoke whether you come in very close to follow specific themes or you stand back to take in the whole.
Stephen Gilligan first presented the theory and practice of Self-Relations in his book The Courage to Love in 1997. In the years since, the work has continued to evolve through workshops and presentations, as well as through the dialog and sharing of ideas that he has invited along the way. Just as the approach itself is a kind of collaboration of entities, whether within an individual or between people or in the midst of a community, this new book encourages the multidimensionality of voices. The contributors are not confined by rigid structural or editorial requisites; they are invited to address their topics in the language that befits them. Thus, a sense of the SR ideal of "multiple truths at the same time" is embodied in the work.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 8.5" Height: 10.75" Weight: 2.1 lbs.
Release Date Nov 4, 2004
Publisher Zeig, Tucker & Theisen
ISBN 1932462112 ISBN13 9781932462111
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a triumph of theory and imagination over ordinary reality Oct 5, 2007
As enjoyable, and in many ways, seductive as the Ericksonian and post-Ericksonian mythos can be, one must be cautious, diligent, iconoclastic, and antinomian to some extent to resist the inevitable gravity of kingdoms of the mind, fairylands, parallel universes, the subtle workings of phantasy and compensation which are latent in the shared images of who and what Erickson was and what his work was ultimately to imply.
Psychologists and therapists from many starting points operate primarily in the world of abstractions (the most egregious being the numerical classification of the DSM series), or case histories presented in such condensed form that they almost seem like narrative implosions, or professional echo chambers. Ultimately the profession becomes, auditorially speaking, an echo chamber, or visually speaking, a hall of mirrors, as much about the collective trance of "therapy" and "therapist", which are some of the deepest identity trances imaginable, both in search of, and in denial of the infinitly complex and unique processes of soul and spirit that each lived life will reveal.
Of course the title Relational Self is suggestive of Winnicott's object relations theory, the good enough mother, the holding environment, the struggle to parse out the false selves from the true selves, and so on.
The figure who has gone missing in all of this is James Hillman and his version of the human mytho poesis. It would appear that there is some degree of unconscious competition between the two Merlin figures, the Hillman as Jung as Merlin ancestral story, and the Erickson-Winnicott-Freud ancestral story with its strong hermeneutic and rabinnic overtones.
Hillman would be amused, and perhaps fascinated to learn that Winnicott's first naval posting was the HMS Lucifer, "the light bearer"...
Which leaves us where ? The mythic warning of course, that the light bearer could be undone by hubris, the fascination with the navel confused with the footprint of the Buddha, the telling of the tale substituted for the living of the life.
Hillman abjures us to attend to "underworlds", and by this he is not referring to a mysterious unconscious, but the sweaty, uncouth, rusted out, tactless, oafish, untamed reality of life's bare earth.
Although there is much to admire, and emulate in the Ericksonian tradition, there is much to be wary of as well, that it not become substitutional, that it not beome a comic book reading of personal truth, and most essentially that it not become a private language or pharmacopaic jargon that bestows a smug, unspoken elitism upon it's initiates.
The Relational Self in Theory Practice and Community Jan 29, 2005
The Relational Self in Theory Practice and Community NEW from ZTT publishers! Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D. & Dvorah Simon, Ph.D. Self-Relations Therapy is, in part, a synthesis of theory and practice from various prior traditions. However, the approach is more than an amalgam of ideas; rather, SR offers a meta-framework in which multiplicity - of form, meaning, presence, and so on - can be contained within an actively adaptive, aware, and present relational self.
Editors Stephen Gilligan and Dvorah Simon have gathered in a mosaic of content and communication to explain the perspective and to show how it can be applied across contexts. Divided into five broad sections - The Self-Relations Approach, Applications of Self-Relations, Self-Relations and Spiritual Paths, Dimensions of Self-Relations, Self-Relations and Expressive and Somatic Approaches - the book can be dipped into or read from beginning to end. Like a rich and colorful mosaic, the material can inspire or invoke whether you come in very close to follow specific themes or you stand back to take in the whole. Stephen Gilligan first presented the theory and practice of Self-Relations in his book The Courage to Love in 1997. In the years since, the work has continued to evolve through workshops and presentations, as well as through the dialog and sharing of ideas that he has invited along the way. Just as the approach itself is a kind of collaboration of entities, whether within an individual or between people or in the midst of a community, this new book encourages the multidimensionality of voices. The contributors are not confined by rigid structural or editorial requisites; they are invited to address their topics in the language that befits them. Thus, a sense of the SR ideal of "multiple truths at the same time" is embodied in the work.
The book at glance Contents Preface: Words Rise Up from Silence, by Dvorah Simon, Ph.D. Poem: "Snap" (for Ruth), by Dvorah Simon, Ph.D. Overview: An Invisible Presence is Awakening: Key Ideas in Self-Relations, by Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D.
SECTION I: THE SELF-RELATIONS APPROACH 1: Self-Relations Stories Charles Holton, L.C.S.W. 2: The Problem is the Solution: Return from Exile David J. Stern, Psy.D. 3: A Personal Narrative of Self-Relations Therapy Muriel Singer, Ph.D. 4: Self-Relations as a Tantric Spiritual Practice Cynthia Franklin, M.S.O.D. 5: The Sleeping Angel: Brokenness and Blessing in the Healing Path Dvorah Simon, Ph.D. Poetic Interlude 1 "Broken and Perfect," by Cynthia Franklin, M.S.O.D. "If God Was in the Camps," by Dvorah Simon, Ph.D.
SECTION II: APPLICATIONS OF SELF-RELATIONS 6: Self-Relations, Hypnosis, and Transpersonal Approaches in the Treatment of Panic Attacks David Aftergood, M.D. 7: Healing Trauma Daniel Burow, Ed.D. 8: The Use of Self-Relations Therapy in Pain Management Jeanne Hernandez, Ph.D. 9: Self-Relations Psychotherapy with Couples Saralee Kane, M.S.W. 10: Sponsorship in Supervision: Resonance in the Relational Field Leonard Bohanon, Ph.D. 11: The Business Leader as an Incurable Deviant: A Self-Alignment Approach to Leadership Development Julian Russell & Cynthia Indriso, B.A., M.P.H. Poetic Interlude 2 "Improvisation," by Charles Holton, L.C.S.W. "Poetry as a Grounding Practice: Truth-telling from Neglected Voices," by Dvorah Simon, Ph.D.
SECTION III: SELF-RELATIONS AND SPIRITUAL PATHS 12: Immanent Blessings: Sponsorship and the Archetypal Goddess Celia Bockhoff, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., B.C.D. 13: Applications of Self-Relations in Religious Settings, Healing Communities, and Faith Development Rev. Sandra J. Lydick, M.Div., L.M.S.W. 14: Street Life: Self-Relations and the Call to Healing Ourselves and Others Kate Marshall, Ph.D. 15: At Every Moment a New Species Rises in the Chest: Self-Relations and Sufism Sharon G. Mijares, Ph.D. 16: Witnessing, Naming, and Blessing: Self-Relations in the Life of a Rabbi Jack H Bloom, Ph.D. Poetic Interlude 3 "An Entirely Different Angel," by Dvorah Simon, Ph.D. "A Danger of Angels," by Beverly Voss, L.M.S.W. "Do This," by Beverly Voss, L.M.S.W.
SECTION IV: DIMENSIONS OF SELF-RELATIONS 17: Kings, Queens, Warriors, Lovers and Magicians: Archetypes of Transformation Robert Rossel, Ph.D. 18: A Journey Towards Awakening: Self-Relations and Mindfulness Ray Cicetti, L.C.S.W. 19: Aliens and the Neglected Self Carol A. Fitzsimons, M.S., L.P.C. 20: Voices from a Field: The Transformative Presence of the Self-Relations Community Mary Massaro, M.S. 21: Change and Non-Change in the Field: From Either/Or to Both/And Relationships Ulrich Hoenig Poetic Interlude 4 "Four," by Dvorah Simon, Ph.D. "After Four (A Blessing)," by Charles Holton, L.C.S.W.
SECTION V: SELF-RELATIONS AND EXPRESSIVE AND SOMATIC APPROACHES 22: Self-Relations in Holotropic States of Consciousness: Articulating the Therapeutic Relationship in Holotropic BreathworkTM Kylea Taylor, M.S., M.F.T. 23: Doorways to Creativity: Art Therapy from the Center Abbe Miller, M.S., A.T.R. 24: Instant Painful Success and Ongoing Wonderful Failure: My Personal Experiences with Self-Relations Psychotherapy Jeff Weakley 25: Creative Expression as a Vehicle for Positive Self-Sponsorship Molly H. Guzzino, A.T.R., L.P.C., L.M.F.T. 26: Movement Practices for Self-Relations Selene Vega, M.A., L.M.F.T. 27: Tapping Into Dual Sources of Experience: Self-Relations and Somatic Process Charlie Badenhop 28: Therapy as a Dance and Dance as a Therapy: A Cross-pollination Jessie Shaw & Bill Hedberg Poetic Interlude 5 "As If," by Dvorah Simon, Ph.D. "Blessed," by Mary Michele Mulvihill, Ph.D. "For This One Night," by Bonnie Scot, B.S.
CODA 29: Midnight Musings on the True Nature of the Rose: The Complementary Approaches of Carl Whitaker and Self-Relations in Working with Families: A Tale in Three Parts Stephen R. Beck, M.S.W. Index.
"Walking in Two Worlds is a rich and stimulating book. It is filled with examples illustrating the profound and wide-reaching applications of Stephen Gilligan's Self Relations work. The many varied articles, written by students and practitioners of the Self Relations approach, demonstrate how generative and deeply healing Self Relations concepts and skills can be for therapists, coaches and consultants. I myself have been deeply influenced by Gilligan and his work and recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about how to better bring together heart, mind and spirit in the service of healing and helping others." Robert Dilts author of From Coach to Awakener and Changing Belief Systems With NLP
"This book is a mosaic masterpiece of beauty, heart, and vision. It is a must for clinicians wishing to transcend the mechanics of therapy and open their inner pathways toward becoming healers. Beautifully landscaped, each teaching is a blessing, not only to be read, but more important, to be soulfully experienced." Joyce C. Mills author/co-author of seven books, including Therapeutic Metaphors for Children and the Child Within and Reconnecting to the Magic of Life
"Steve Gilligan and Dvorah Simon have put together the leading edge theorists and practitioners of Self Relations, an artful blend of Milton Erickson, spirituality, Jungian work, and the best of depth-oriented brief therapy approaches. The contributions are diverse, interesting and, in some cases, provocative. Reading this book will help broaden and deepen your ability to connect with your most challenging clients so that you may help them change more rapidly and effectively. It will touch your head and your heart." Bill O'Hanlon author/co-author of 21 books, including Do One Thing Different and Thriving Through Crisis
About the authors Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D., is known internationally as an author, a teacher, a presenter -- and the creator of the Self-Relations Approach to Psychotherapy. His work is designed to reconnect mind-body processes and encourage and support radical change. Steve Gilligan is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Courage to Love and, most recently, The Legacy of Milton H. Erickson.
Dvorah Simon, Ph.D., is a psychologist and poet. Since 1985, she has worked at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine as a researcher and clinician in the field of brain injury and stroke rehabilitation. Her primary professional focus is on modes of therapy that begin with the premise of the inherent resourcefulness of the client. She is the author of a chapter on "Solution Focused Therapy as a Spiritual Path," which appeared in the Handbook of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. For five years, she published news of the difference, an international newsletter for Solution Focused, Ericksonian, and related therapies. Self-Relations Therapy satisfies her quest for a way of working that embraces a robust and generous definition of the self.