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A Psychology of Human Dignity

Ad Dekkers
Foreword by William Bento
Translated by Ed O'Sullivan
June 2015
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  • Published
    16th June 2015
  • ISBN 9781621481126
  • Language English
  • Pages 424 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

Originally published in the Netherlands in 2011, this book is the result of a life's work devoted to developing the craft of psychotherapy in a way that leaves the therapist's and the client's own responsibilities intact and that stimulates a direct, open, and honest link with day-to-day reality.

From his deep commitment to raising the consciousness of both therapists and clients regarding the profound relevance of the larger world situation we find ourselves in (history), as well as one's own current stage of life, Ad Dekkers has spent the past thirty years developing a battery of detailed, yet flexible, psychotherapeutic exercises. These organically developed exercises, useful and stimulating for both the practitioner and the general reader, constitute the core of this book.

Although written with practicing psychotherapists in mind, anyone interested in the history of the twentieth century or the biographical stages of human life will be rewarded here with a singular and caring picture of the human experience in our time.

This book is a translation from Dutch of Psychotherapie van de menselijke waardigheid (Christofoor, 2011).

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by William Bento, PhD

1. Perception, Memory, and More
2. Phases of Life: The Focus on Development
3. The Impact of History: The Generations as a Conduit
4. The Self-Aware “I”

Ad Dekkers

Ad Dekkers is an experienced anthroposophic psychotherapist. His specialist areas include psychotherapy for cult victims and the development of new methods of training in anthroposophic psychotherapy as expressed in A Psychology of Human Dignity, which has been published in several languages. He is president of the International Federation of Anthroposophic Psychotherapy Associations and the co-International Coordinator of Psychotherapy in the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science, subsection Psychotherapy, at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. He originally trained with Bernard Lievegoed and has himself trained practitioners in anthroposophic psychotherapy in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Israel, Brazil, Great Britain, Argentina, Russia, Chile, and India.