Philosophical Assumptions and Key Concepts

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Philosophical assumptions and key concepts I will base my Christian counseling theory on hermeneutical phenomenology. My key assumption will be that appearances are less clear than they seem, and that, in order to think can act in a healthy manner, people are advised to reduce appearances to facts and to base their response on these facts. As far as I know, although some counseling approach, such s RET, peripherally touch on phenomenology with one of Ellis' structures having client examine whether indeed incident really occurred, there is no counseling approach that actively and thoroughly centers itself around the philosophy. The phenomenological approach is best for understanding description of lived experience in regards to methods that include observation, interviews, discussion, and participant involvement. The objective is 'to get into' the subject, understand him or her as best as possible, in order to understand her perspective and interpret him as he does himself. It can also be used for interviews and for textual analyses such as memoirs and other accounts of an individual's life. What phenomenology essentially involves is bracketing one's assumptions in an act called 'epoche' so that one attempts to perceive the other and occurrences objectively (Ihde 1986; Wann, 1964). The key concepts will be the following: client's utterances will be probed for emotive assumptions and for conjectures as well as for any second-hand statements that veer from reality. The
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