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The Transformational Opportunity of Embracing the Silence Beyond Hopelessness

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dc.contributor.author Nixon, Gary
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-25T20:41:19Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-25T20:41:19Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation Nixon, G. (2001). The transformational opportunity of embracing the silence beyond hopelessness. Voices: The Journal of the American Academy of Psychotherapists, 37(2), 56-66. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/402
dc.description Permission to include article in repository granted by Jon Farber, Editor, Voices. en
dc.description.abstract This paper looks at the problem of world collapse and absolute hopelessness. Typically, as demonstrated by an opening case example, Western psychological approaches encourage a retreat from the abyss of nothingness. Even existential philosophy and psychology which has been preoccupied with the encounter of nothingness and death retreats from the abyss experience into self-created meaning and personal resoluteness. A transpersonal approach is offered as an alternative exemplified by Wilber’s spectrum of development approach. A counselling case study is presented which points out typical problems on the spiritual journey such as spiritual materialism and the dark night of the soul as well as the pivotal opportunity of absolute hopelessness itself. Rather than resurrecting hope in a typical conventional psychology fashion, the acceptance of absolute hopelessness is seen as a paradoxical opportunity of transformation. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher American Academy of Psychotherapists en
dc.subject Psychotherapy en
dc.subject Transpersonal psychotherapy en
dc.title The Transformational Opportunity of Embracing the Silence Beyond Hopelessness en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.faculty School of Health Sciences en
dc.description.peer-review Yes en
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en


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