'THE HUMAN WHOLE' - PSYCHOLOGY & HUMAN SELF UNDERSTANDING
An Holistic Outline of the Human Psyche

by Robert C. Priddy
(formerly lectured in philosophy & social science at the University of Oslo - 1968-1984)

This book aims to give an understanding of human psychology in clear terms avoiding unnecessary terminology. It is person-centered rather than 'technically' oriented and provides an embracing frame of reference to aid in integrating personal understanding of oneself and of others. Some assumptions of recent psychology are re-interpreted critically and brought into a more down-to-earth and whole perspective, focusing more on psychic health, consciousness, human possibilities and challenges of personal autonomy and development.

CONTENTS
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FOREWORD: A General Overview of 'THE HUMAN WHOLE'
CHAPTER 1:
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Scientific method in psychology - Mistaken scientific ideas about the person - The meaning of life/philosophy in psychology - The reinstitution of perennial insights - The psychologist's dilemma - Broadening of psychological vision - Key philosophical assumptions in psychology

CHAPTER 2:
SELF-AWARENESS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING
Understanding others and self-knowledge - 'Who am I and why?' - Identity as ego vs. the self - Understanding the self as a whole - Selfhood and the body-soul dilemma - Limits to objectification of the human subject - Outer and inner being
CHAPTER 3:
HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS

The thesis of mentalism- the primacy of consciousness
- 'Subjective' or 'objective' experiences? - The relations between thinking and being - Individual consciousness - Levels of consciousness (enstasis)
CHAPTER 4:
WHAT IS 'THE UNCONSCIOUS'?

Five distinct meanings of 'the unconscious'
- 1- The unconscious as the subconsciousness - The subconscious and positive input - the computer analogy - Limits of the computer analogy - 2- The unconscious as unreflected learned behaviour - 3- The unconscious as unrecognised needs - 4- The unconscious as repressed self-experience - Recovered memory vs. false memory syndrome - 5- The unconscious as collective ideation - Paranormal phenomena and the unconscious
CHAPTER 5:
VICTIMS OF FATE OR WELDERS OF DESTINY?

Free will' and physical conditions
- Volition as the 'inner moment of truth' - Limits and conditioners of volition - Determinism, pre-destiny and fate - The doctrine of karma - Conscious will and personal autonomy
CHAPTER 6:
VALUES IN PSYCHOLOGY

Self-fulfilment in Psychology
- Universality of human values - Human values' - Human values applied in practise - Values vs. anti-values - Values and psychic health
CHAPTER 7:
THE PERSON AS A WHOLE
Personality integration - Dangers of person classifications and typologies

CHAPTER 8:
THE HUMAN 'PSYCHE'

Confused terms and levels of understanding -The human psyche as Body, Mind and Spirit

CHAPTER 9:
THE EGO

Development of ego and personality The Freudian concept of ego - Discernible Structures in the ego - Ego-centredness contrasted to self-expansion
CHAPTER 10:
ORIGIN AND NATURE OF THE HUMAN MIND

The mind's capacities - .... its faculty of self-direction - ...memory & forgetting - ....perception of manifold wholes (gestalts) - The programmed mind vs. directing awareness
CHAPTER 11:
PERCEPTION OF REALITY AND PROJECTION

The mind's perceptive faculties - Mental structuring of 'reality' - Perceptive reception & mental projection - The nature of emotional-mental projection - Projection in understanding

CHAPTER 12:
INTELLIGENCE


Intelligence as mental and conceptual skills- Practical and social intelligence - The synthesising intelligence - Intelligence and moral discrimination - Intuitive intelligence

CHAPTER 13:
WHAT PSYCHIC HEALTH IS

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The role of values in psychic balance - Standards for the healthy psyche - Early development & psychic health - Motivation: feelings & thoughts - The influence of imitation on personality

CHAPTER 14:
MENTAL-EMOTIONAL DISORDER
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Mental derangement
- Inner mental process in derangement - Fallacies of perception and cognition - Cognitive disorder- Reality sense and derangement - Mental disorder, self-image and identity
CHAPTER 16:
THE HUMAN FACULTY OF UNDERSTANDING

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Understanding as based on practical relations - Collective and personal understanding - Language and the psychology of understanding - Values that underpin personal understanding - Understanding as a human quality

CHAPTER 17:
SELF-TRANSFORMATION

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Motives and goals of self-transformation The cradle of self-understanding - Personal investigation and teachings - Past, present & future in self-transformation - The present & gnosis - The past & diagnosis - The future & prognosis

CHAPTER 18:
FIVE ASPECTS OF SELF-DISCOVERY

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Self-trust - Self-enyoyment - Self-reflection - Self-sacrifice - Self-fulfilment - Self-transformation

CHAPTER 19:
SELFHOOD AND SELF-PERCEPTION


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Self-image: its physical, social, and universal aspects - Altering self-perception - The social persona - Being oneself - The false self - Divided selfhood - 'Selfless selfhood'

CHAPTER 20:
SELF-DISCIPLINE AND RESPONSIBILITY

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Fatalism and pessimism in modern theories - Voluntarism in practice - Personal freedom and consequences - Self-discipline and control of the mind - 'Positive thinking' examined
CHAPTER 21:
NON-ATTACHMENT

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Attachments & emotions
- Satisfaction & attachments - Converting negativity (6 ways) - Questions for self-reflection.
CHAPTER 22:
SELF-DEVELOPMENT THROUGH LOVE

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Confusions as to what love means - Romantic love, partnerships, marriage - Self-love and inauthenticity - Exclusion and inclusion
APPENDIX:
SOME THERAPEUTIC SYSTEMS CRITICALLY REVIEWED
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Psychoanalysis and the human whole - Projective symbolism in therapy - Character types and psychologisation in psychoanalysis Dreams in psychotherapy - Alfred Adler's individual psychology - C.G. Jung's psychology - Other past-oriented techniques - Ego-centered therapies: egs 1) Gestalt Therapy 2) Neuro-linguistic Programming

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