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Integrative and Eclectic Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Integrative and Eclectic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Stephen Palmer & Ray Woolfe

Pub. date: 2000 | Online Pub. Date: December 20, 2013 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781446280409 | Print ISBN: 9780761957997 | Online ISBN: 9781446280409 | Publisher:SAGE Publications Ltd

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Preface

A term now in regular use to describe the zeitgest or spirit of our age is ‘post-modernist’. The essence of post-modernism is a decline in the belief of purist approaches to understanding physical, biological and social phenomena. This has permeated the whole field of human endeavour in disciplines as wide ranging as medicine, chemistry, architecture, art and politics. In the latter field, for example, the traditional boundaries between left and right have been largely obscured. Where once there was a belief in purist solutions, now there is only doubt and a resort to a more flexible and pragmatic approach to understanding the world in which we live. Counselling and psychotherapy are not immune from this tendency. A domain which has always been prone to doctrinal differences and separatist tendencies is now increasingly coming to accept that there ...

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