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Tales of Un-Knowing: therapeutic encounters from an Existential Perspective.

  book cover - Tales of Un-Knowing      
  Date Published 2006 (original publication Duckworth 1997)
  Publisher Hay-on-Wye: PCCS Books.

Paperback ISBN: 9781898059790
Pages: 156


'I found this a challenging, intriguing book. Spinelli writes clearly and provides insights into the human condition not easily found elsewhere. His modesty inclines me to believe that he is therapist who can be trusted' - Anthony Storr

'To a certain extent every attempt to translate lived experience onto paper is doomed to failure, and it takes not only a skilled writer but also a skilful practitioner to elicit in the reader some of the sense of humanity, immediacy and reality of the original relationship while not retreating into sentimentality and narcissism.

... Spinelli's book is difficult to put down and one is continually reminded with vivid clarity of the personal and universal dilemmas of normal and therapeutic life.' - Martin Adams


Description: Ernesto Spinelli is one of the leading exponents of existential therapy today and one of its most brilliant practitioners. Rather than expounding a set of theories, Spinelli here gives an account of some of the most unforgettable therapeutic encounters that he has experienced during his professional life. His method comes to life in a way that is compelling and often profoundly moving.

These stories of conflict and anxiety derived from human relationships illustrate the existential concern with 'being-in-the-world' and act as catalysts to challenge the reader's personal experience even if he or she has had no direct experience of therapy.



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