Many Voices

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  • Copyright: 2011-07-01
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Many Voices combines theological tradition with the most advanced postmodern theological perspectives and a subtle, highly nuanced introduction to contemporary relational psychoanalysis for pastoral counselors and psychotherapists who help, accompany, and support persons in recognizing and healing especially painful psychic wounds, or longstanding patterns of self-defeating relationships to self and others.

Author Biography

Pamela Cooper White is Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Introducing Four Case Studiesp. 1
Why Psychoanalytic?p. 3
Why Pastoral Psychotherapy?p. 4
Why Postmodern?p. 13
Why Relational?p. 17
Postmodern Theology?p. 18
Psychoanalytic Pastoral Theology: An Oxymoron?p. 21
A Theological and Theoretical Framework
A Relational Understanding of Personsp. 35
What Are Human Beings That You Are Mindful of Them?p. 38
Human Beings Are Good/Human Beings Are Vulnerablep. 40
Human Beings Are Embodiedp. 41
Human Beings Are Both Alike and Uniquep. 43
Human Beings Are Intrinsically Relationalp. 50
Human Beings Are Multiplep. 51
Human Beings Are Mutable, Fluid, and in Processp. 61
Human Beings Are Loving Beingsp. 65
Conclusionp. 66
A Relational Understanding of Godp. 67
The Multiplicity of Godp. 67
Trinity as Fluid Metaphorp. 76
Implications toward a Relational Pastoral Praxisp. 82
Conclusion: A Multiple/Trinitarian, Relational Pastoral Theologyp. 94
A Relational Understanding of Health and Unhealthp. 95
Human Beings Are Vulnerable; Human Beings Are Both Alike and Uniquep. 96
The Role of Diagnosis in Pastoral Psychotherapyp. 96
Pastoral Assessment and Theological Reflectionp. 98
The Role of Theory in Diagnosisp. 98
Pathology, Sin, and Evil: Human Beings Are Good; Human Beings Are Vulnerablep. 117
Practicing Pastoral Psychotherapy
The Therapeutic Process: Overview and Getting Startedp. 135
Goals of Therapy and Overview of the Therapeutic Processp. 135
The Initial Phase: Committing to the Therapeutic Relationshipp. 138
Human Beings are Both Good and Vulnerable: Preconditions for Fruitful Therapeutic Work, and Providing a Safe Containerp. 142
Human Beings are Multiple: Meeting the Partsp. 153
Practical Matters: Particular Challenges for Pastoral Psychotherapistsp. 156
The Middle Phase and Termination: Multiplicity in Actionp. 185
Empathy: Human Beings are Intrinsically Relationalp. 185
Working in the Transferencep. 190
The ˘Fundamental Rule÷: Free Associationp. 191
Interpretation/Explorationp. 192
Other Modes of Symbolic Communicationp. 196
Human Beings Are Multiple: Working with the Partsp. 203
Countertransference and the Use of the Therapist's Selfp. 216
Repetition, ˘Resistance,÷ and ˘Working Through,÷p. 226
Enactmentsp. 227
Empathic Failures and Transmuting Internalization: Human Beings Are Mutable, Fluid, and in Processp. 231
The ˘Analytic Third,÷p. 233
The Termination Phasep. 234
The Therapeutic Sensibility: Chaos, Silence, Lovep. 239
Chaosp. 239
Silencep. 242
Therapeutic Lovep. 243
Conclusionp. 247
Abbreviationsp. 249
Notesp. 251
Glossary of Psychoanalytic Termsp. 325
Index of Namesp. 339
Index of Subjectsp. 343
Index of Biblical Referencesp. 359
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