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Between Psychology and Psychotherapy: A Poetics of Experience

Mair, Miller

 This work by a British clinical psychologist and psychotherapist describes and illustrates what he calls a "poetic approach" to psychology that should also be helpful in explicating the meaning of exceptional human experience. The book is primarily about personal knowledge and the relations between personal and impersonal, subjective and objective. This is directly relevant to EHEs, which are instances of personal knowledge that the experiencer must then connect to the world of others. (Actually, although at base they are personal, EHEs also provide a feeling of connection with the impersonal world, which is thereby transformed as a personal experience.) The book is in three parts—A Poetics in Practice, consisting of 7 chapters on developing a portion of experience and how to practice it; a chapter in which, as any researcher of the inner depths should do, Mair gives his own personal story; and A Discipline of Discourse, in which, in 3 chapters, he presents a means "by which both conversational and experimental psychology may have a mutually challenging, and sustaining place." In so doing, he sets down footprints that parapsychology and other anomalies disciplines might wish to follow.
Publisher Information:London, England: Routledge, 1989. 292p. Bibl: 287-288; Index: 289-292
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