TOWARD A PROCESS PSYCHOLOGY: A MODEL OF INTEGRATION by David E. Roy, Ph.D.
This book introduces the reader to Process Psychology, a new field which emerges from the application of Alfred North Whitehead's process philosophy to psychology.
Process Psychology holds the promise of integrating mind-body-spirit in a rigorous and coherent framework.
The author brings to this task more than two decades as a practicing psychotherapist, as well as an extensive background in experimental psychology, and in-depth study of psychotherapy, philosophy, and theology.
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The work before you is a truly pioneering
one. It is the first sustained effort to correlate Whiteheads
ontological categories with terms developed by an influential practicing
psychotherapist. Roys success in this undertaking makes it clear
that a vast body of practical wisdom about human beings and their healing
can be appropriated by followers of Whitehead.
Drawing from the depths of gestalt psychology
and process metaphysics, David Roy sheds light on perplexing psychological
questions regarding symbolism, mind-body relationship, and spiritual
dimensions of human life. The meta-theory that emerges sheds light on
psychology and psychotherapy alike. Such a rethinking of psychological
questions and categories is invaluable for continued exploration of
the human psyche and quest for health. Hopefully, this book is the beginning
of a long conversation between psychology and metaphysics; hopefully,
too, it will bear much fruit for psychotherapists who seek to understand
more fully the complexity and mystery of the human life.
This is a richly stimulating and challenging work. Along with our patients, we psychotherapists struggle with issues of ultimate meaning and purpose. In the midst of an often confusing and disturbing engagement with another, it is easy for us to take refuge in limited and static theories which emphasize technique at the expense of process; in feelings and/or thoughts without their integration; in particular religious dogmas and/or transitory spiritual fads, which simplify and reassure without encountering the depth and complexity of existence. Using the theories of Alfred North Whitehead to illuminate psychological process and meaning, this author offers a way of exploring the ever challenging experience and purpose of existence, from the smallest to the grandest scale, without sacrificing particularity and depth. A must read for students of psychology, philosophy and religion, as well as for practicing psychotherapists.
Anne Petrovich, Ph.D.