Sexuality and the ‘non-intentional’ implications for psychotherapy practice

Greenwood, Dennis (2010) Sexuality and the ‘non-intentional’ implications for psychotherapy practice The Humanistic Psychologist, 38 (2). pp. 170-183. ISSN 0887-3267

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Abstract

This article examines how sexuality and desire provide an opportunity to experience the separation between the self and the other, and were developed in association with the experience of working with a particular patient in weekly therapy. The main theme explored in this article is the degree with which a person imposes his or her understanding and experience onto other people around them, and thereby potentially missing the opportunity to enjoy real personal contact with another person. The work of Husserl, Heidegger, and Levinas is examined to highlight the separation between intentionality and nonintentionality. The distinction between the intentional and the nonintentional is also important in illustrating how a person can impose himself or herself on to others. A person's sexuality and desire for intimacy with another person is discussed in terms of how it provides the opportunity to experience the boundary between being for oneself and being in contact with the other; illustrating the separation of the nonintentional from the intentional. Finally, the implications for psychotherapy practice will be examined, particularly acknowledging the importance of a person's sexuality in determining how they relate to other people.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/08873261003635732
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 25 May 2012 14:54
Last Modified: 30 May 2012 14:11
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/10607

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