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The Plural Self
Multiplicity in Everyday Life

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June 2012 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`[This book's] fundamental thesis is a rather challenging one - the idea that the unified, singular "self", which we all take for granted we possess, does not exist... fascinating and important... I will certainly revisit the book... when you're ready for a challenge, this book is certainly worth dipping into' - Counselling News

`I thoroughly recommend this book. I found it challenging, provocative, exciting and full of delights. (It makes such a change to be told that ideal personality characteristics would include a Monty Pythonesque sense of humour and a tolerance of mind-altering drugs!) While reading it I often felt nourished and refreshed' - The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy

With the emergence of postmodern thinking, the notion of a unified, singular `self' appears increasingly problematic. Yet for many, postmodernism's proclamation of `the death of the subject' is equally problematic. As a response to this dilemma, there has been a rise of interest in pluralistic models of the `self' in which the person is conceptualized as a multiplicity of subpersonalities, as a plurality of existential possibilities or as a `being' which is inextricably in-dialogue-with-others.

Bringing together many disciplines, and with contributions from foremost writers on self-pluralism, The Plural Self overviews and critiques this emerging field. Drawing together theory, research and practice, the book expands on both the psychological and philosophical theories underlying and associated with self-pluralism, and presents empirical evidence in support of the self-pluralistic perspective, exploring its application within a clinical and therapeutic setting.


Mick Cooper and John Rowan
Introduction
Self-Plurality: The One and the Many  
 
PART ONE: THEORY
John Rowan
The Normal Development of Subpersonalities
James S Grotstein
The Alter Ego and D[ac]ej[gr]a Vu Phenomena
Notes and Reflections  
Mick Cooper
If You Can't Be Jekyll Be Hyde
An Existential-Phenomenological Perspective on Lived-Plurality  
John Shotter
Life inside Dialogically Structured Mentalities
Bakhtin's and Volosinov's Account of Our Mental Activities as out in the World between Us  
Leon Rappoport, Steve Baumgardner and George Boone
Postmodern Culture and the Plural Self
 
PART TWO: RESEARCH
Hubert J M Hermans
The Polyphony of the Mind
A Multivoiced and Dialogical Self  
Brian Lancaster
The Multiple Brain and the Unity of Experience
Ruth-Inge Heinze
Multiplicity in Cross-Cultural Perspective
John Altrocchi
Individual Differences in Pluralism in Self-Structure
Colin A Ross
Subpersonalities and Multiple Personalities
A Dissociative Continuum?  
 
PART THREE: PRACTICE
Mick Cooper and Helen Cruthers
Facilitating the Expression of Subpersonalities
A Review and Analysis of Techniques  
Alvin R Mahrer
The Doorway into the Inner Deeper World Is the Instant of Peak Feeling in the Scene of Strong Feeling
Richard C Schwartz
The Internal Family Systems Model
Mary Watkins
Pathways between the Multiplicities of the Psyche and Culture
The Development of Dialogical Capacities  

`I thoroughly recommend this book. I found it challenging, provocative, exciting and full of delights. (It makes such a change to be told that ideal personality characteristics would include a Monty Pythonesque sense of humour and a tolerance of mood-altering drugs!) While reading it I often felt nourished and refreshed.... So I advise you to give the many selves you are a treat, and read this book' - The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy

`[This book's] fundamental thesis is a rather challenging one - the idea that the unified, singular "self", which we all take for granted we possess, does not exist... fascinating and important.... I will certainly revisit the book... when you're ready for a challenge, this book is certainly worth dipping into' - Counselling News

`A useful contribution to a field that is as important as it is impenetrable, the nature of lived experience' - Counselling

`The perspectives articulated in this book are important, the chapters are well written, and many of the ideas are intriguing. It is a useful book that should appeal to students and researchers in personality-social psychology, and therapists who are interested in relevant therapeutic techniques and their theoretical and empirical background.' - Personality and Individual Differences

`I thoroughly recommend this book. I found it challenging, provocative, exciting and full of delights. (It makes such a change to be told that ideal personality characteristics would include a Monty Pythonesque sense of humour and a tolerance of mind-altering drugs!) While reading it I often felt nourished and refreshed' - The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy


this is an excellent book easy to read and very engaging

Mrs Deborah Regan
health and social care, Havering College of FE & HE
January 23, 2015

A must have book for any counsellor in training

Miss Nicola Lord
department of health, preston collage
November 14, 2014

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