E. Husserlio fenomenologinis projektas ir psichoterapijos problemos

Translated title of the contribution: E. Husserl's phenomenological project and the problems concerning psychotherapy

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Though phenomenological philosophy has influenced practitioners of psychotherapy for a long time, it is also true, that it was precisely existentialist approach to phenomenology that was exploited, while the whole initial project of phenomenology initiated by E. Husserl was almost forgotten. In this article I beckon to re-enter this initial understanding of phenomenology, considering methodological problems of psychology and laying down possible perspectives for psychotherapy. First part of the article deals with the methodological problems of psychotherapy while raising the thesis that empirical psychotherapy in principle cannot grasp the ego-structure, misses the true depth of the human experience, which in turn is the real sphere of mental disorders. Hand in hand goes the phenomenological critique of the scientific approach and other phenomenological issues relevant to the reformulation of the goals of psychotherapy. Second part of the article is dedicated to the one of many possible perspectives stemming from the correlation between phenomenology and psychotherapy, i.e. critical comparison of S. Freud's consciousness and unconsciousness and "corresponding" theory of impressional (productive) and reproductive consciousness presented by Husserl. It is indicated that Husserl's approach enables new and constructive reading of Freud's theory of instinctual drive while keeping in mind, that Freud's psychoanalysis cannot be identified with psychotherapy in general. However, the final part of the article suggests some methodological advices for mental care practice from the perspective of phenomenological hermeneutics.

Original languageLithuanian
Pages (from-to)79-140
Number of pages62
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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  • Philosophy

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