The following lists the contents of Self and Society, Volume 27 Issue 6.
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Editorial:
Author: Alexandra Chalfont
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Article:
Moving Forward
Author: Gaie Houston
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Abstract:

The present is made of the past and contains the future. Our past in humanistic psychology has been about optimism, about human potential, about excitement and growth in the human personality. And then gradually the field has shifted away from a reaching out and taking risks and being one's own truth in the face of all forces.


Psychotherapy's Past
Author: Lavinia Gomez
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The great social project of psychotherapy is suffused with the images and assumptions, formal and informal, of 19th and 20th century Western social philosophy. One theme runs through the centre of all psychotherapies: what it means to be a person, and how ideas about personhood developed in psychotherapy's culture of origin. The intuitions that we hold of such intimate and fundamental matters may be so deeply rooted that it is hard to notice that they are there. Similarly, as a product of a specific society, psychotherapy can find it difficult to imagine that its own understanding of what it means to be a person is not universal. Tracing the history of this particular idea might give us a more distinct appreciation of what psychotherapy has been saying within its society; and it might also help us towards a more tangible awareness that the cultural tradition from which psychotherapy emerged is just one of many. Whatever our cultural background, we might then become a bit more sensitive towards ourselves and others, and a bit less likely to take assumptions for granted; after all, everyone, in large or small ways, comes from a culture which is different from our own.


Old Saybrook I and II
Author: David N. Elkins
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Have you ever wished you could have been there at the birth of humanistic psychology? DO you wish you could have participated in the meetings that took place in the 1950s? Would you like to have been there in the early 1960s when the new Journal of Humanistic Psychology was launched., when the new American Association for Humanistic Psychology was formed?


Psychedelic ‘Therapy’
Author: Nicholas Albery
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On experience, back in the sixties, when AHP(UK) was just being born and I was 20 years old, gave me my first informal taste of regression and primal work with me, ironically, not in the role of client but of improvising therapist -which goes some way to disprove the dictum that you can only allow your client to go as far as you ave been yourself. The ‘session’ would however no doubt ave been improved if I had had more experience of egression to childhood states myself, and a calmer environment in which to practise. The incident took place, unplanned, in my rented rooms in Ashbury Street, San Francisco.


Counselling into the millennium and the role of AHPP
Author: Maggie Lomax
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John Rowan has been a counsellor and psychotherapist in the field of humanistic psychology since the late 1960s. He has been Chair of AHP(B), co-founded AHPP in 1980, and has been instrumental in the men's movement. He has published many books on humanistic therapy,—“Ordinary Ecstasy”, “The Reality Game”, “Healing the Male Psyche”, “Subpersonalities” and “The Transpersonal in Counselling and Psychotherapy” amongst them—giving him a leading voice on the subject in the UK.


Pages from My Past
Author: Roy Ridgway
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A diary extends your life. Turning to a page in the past can for me trigger an abreaction in which I find myself re-experiencing the horrors of war or feeling the emptiness and desolation of bereavement. I have occasionally experienced for the first time emotions I had repressed long ago, even traumas of the past which go back to pre-natal experiences, birth and infancy. (The infans of infancy means not speaking, and these memories, the most traumatic, are pre-verbal). They are recalled as nightmares later in life. Much of what I am doing when studying the pages of the past is, in fact, like primal integration. I find myself constantly being taken back to the very beginning.


Alderdice in Context
Author: David Jones
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The Psychotherapy Bill
Author: Denis Postle
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Commentary:
Registering Human Nature
Author: Denis Postle
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Article:
AHP page
Author: John Buckle
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AHPP page
Author: Tone Horwood
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This looks like it might be quite a year for AHPP; we move into it saying goodbye to Eric Whitton who has been our chair for the last three years and to whom I would like to say a more public thank you for the energy and focused good humour which I think he brought to a sometimes fraught period of time and from which, with his help and guidance, we have emerged well placed to take on some significant tasks in the near future. So thanks again Eric, enjoy your time away from this chair and we look forward to your contributions to the board as and when.


Book Review:
Reviews
Author: John Rowan
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Letter:
Letters
Authors: David Jones, Dylanie Walker, Shirley Wade, Tony Morris
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