Psychotherapy as a Human Science

Psychotherapy as a Human Science

"This is a book of remarkable erudition and pedagogical value. Students as well as professionals will be greatly edified by this profoundly philosophical and yet practical therapeutic guide."

- Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. / Editor, The Journal of Humanistic Psychology


"In Psychotherapy as a Human Science, Daniel Burston and Roger Frie give readers a wonderfully rich, yet accessible, tour of central ideas and themes in phenomenology, existentialism, psychoanalysis, humanism, and postmodernism. In doing so, they converge on a conception of psychotherapy as a human science that celebrates reflexive, intentional, and agentive aspects of human experience. The clarity and cogency with which they achieve this aim provides a powerful antidote to overly reductive and instrumental tendencies in contemporary psychotherapy. Anyone who reads and understands this book will be inoculated against the confusion of manualized treatment protocols, cost-benefit analyses, and short-term, empirically effective therapeutic practices (whatever their technical and instrumental merits) with the genuine cultivation of human well-being. Burston and Frie succeed in giving theory a good name because they select the right kinds of theory for lifting the human spirit and advancing the human condition."

- Jack Martin, Simon Fraser University


"Drs. Burston and Frie have written a gem. This is an outstanding book, both gracious in tone and creative in thesis. It is thoughtfully structured and lucidly written. Burston and Frie take on a long-neglected and complex subject with intellectual verve, psychological sophistication and clarity of exposition.  This is a much needed comprehensive and erudite study of a broad range of philosophical and psychoanalytic controversies, focusing  on such questions as the role of humanism in psychoanalysis; the clinical implications of the growing convergence of existential philosophy and

phenomenology and analytic thought; and the future of postmodern theory. I almost cannot say enough about this exciting and informative book. I strongly urge all those interested in the study of the human psyche to obtain a copy. It will prove to be an enjoyable adventure."

- John Fiscalini, Author, Coparticipant Psychoanalysis: Toward a New Theory of Clinical Inquiry (Columbia University Press, 2004).


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