One Man's Theory of the Person

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 41. Reviews the book, Feeling and Personhood: Psychology in Another Key by John Heron (1992). This book sets out to present a theory of the person based on a wide-ranging phenomenology of human experience. The theory is built on the work of humanistic and transpersonal psychologists such as Maslow, Rogers, Grof, and Wilber, philosophers of the person such as Buber and MacMurray, and a little-known line of spiritual philosophy and psychology represented by Fawcett and Hyde. The book does deliver a thoughtful and internally consistent model that attempts to integrate the traditional areas of emotion, imagery, cognition, and behavior with the archetypal-transpersonal realms of experience Feeling, differentiated from emotion, is for Heron the distinctive feature, the grounding level of personhood. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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