Prologue: A User's Manual
Part I: The Crisis. The Natural Sciences and the Unthought Debt
Chapter 1. On the Care Path
Chapter 2. Creatures, Technology, and Scientific Psychology
Chapter 3. "Nemo psychologus nisi physiologus"
Part II: A New Beginning . Formal Indication, Non-Rationalist Psychology, and Phenomenological Psychotherapy
Chapter 4. The accesses to oneself
Chapter 5. Self -intimacy and individuation
Chapter 6. Personal stories and psychotherapy
Chapter 7. Traces of Oneself and Healing
Part III: The Renewed Pact. Corporeality, Experimentation, and the Care of Self
Chapter 8. Corporeality and ipseity
Chapter 9. Corporeality and organisms
Chapter 10. Organisms and freedom
Chapter 11. The Care of Self and Psychotherapy
This book addresses selected central questions in phenomenological psychology, a discipline that investigates the experience of self that emerges over the course of an individual's life, while also outlining a new method, the formal indication, as a means of accessing personal experience while remaining faithful to its uniqueness. In phenomenological psychology, the psyche no longer refers to an isolated self that remains unchanged by life's changing situations, but is rather a phenomenon (ipseity) which manifests itself and constantly takes form over the course of a person's unique existence. Thus, the formal indication allows us to study the way in which ipseity relates to the world in different situations, in a way that holds different meanings for different people.
Based on this new approach, phenomenological psychotherapy marks a transition from a mode of grasping the truth about oneself through reflection, to a mode of accessing the disclosure of self through a work of self-transformation (the care of self) that requires the person to actually change her position on herself.
By putting forward this method, the authors shed new light on the dynamic interplay between a person's historicity and uniqueness on the one hand, and the related physiopathological mechanisms on the other, providing evidence from the fields of genetics, cardiology, the neurosciences and psychiatry. The book will appeal to a broad readership, from psychiatrists, psychologist and psychotherapists, to researchers in these fields.
Giampiero Arciero, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, is the Director of the Institute of Post-Rationalist Psychology and Psychotherapy, Rome, Italy (IPRA), and a consultant in the Psychiatric Liaison and Crisis Intervention Service at the Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospitals, where he also serves as a professor of psychotherapy and is involved in the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Cognitive-Behavior Psychotherapy. He is a visiting professor at the University of Bari "Aldo Moro" (Italy) . He has worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Fribourg (CH), as associate director of the Personal Development Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Barbara (USA), and as a professor of psychotherapy at the University of Siena (Italy). He is the author of several peer-reviewed publications as well as three books.
Guido Bondolfi is currently full professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva and is the chief medical officer of the Psychiatric Liaison and Crisis Intervention Service at the University Hospitals of Geneva, Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry. A specialist in psychiatry-psychotherapy and mindfulness instructor (MBCT and MBSR), his research interests include cognitive psychotherapy, mood disorders and the application of meditation-based approaches in psychiatry. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and two books.
Viridiana Mazzola currently works as a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and researcher in neuroscience at the Psychiatric Liaison and Crisis Intervention Service at the University Hospitals of Geneva Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry. She coordinates the research in the field of the medical psychology, and her interests focus on investigating the impact of individual differences in affective dispositions in psychopathology and functional medical symptoms through brain-imaging techniques (fMRI). She is the co-director of the Institute of Post-Rationalist Psychology and Psychotherapy (IPRA, Rome, Italy). She has been an adjunct professor of developmental psychology, University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Prof. Luigia Camaioni), and a neuroscience postdoc at the University of Geneva with Prof. Patrik Vuilleumier.