Kierkegaard as a paradoxical therapist

Pembroke, Neil (2005) Kierkegaard as a paradoxical therapist. Pacifica, 18 1: 53-66. doi:10.2557/1030-570X.18.1.1964

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Author Pembroke, Neil
Title Kierkegaard as a paradoxical therapist
Journal name Pacifica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1030-570X
Publication date 2005-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2557/1030-570X.18.1.1964
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 53
End page 66
Total pages 14
Editor B. Bryne
Place of publication Brunswick East, VIC, Australia
Publisher Pacifica Theological Studies Association
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
440208 Psychology of Religion
780199 Other
Abstract The essential problem that Soren Kierkegaard is concerned with in his authorship is that of becoming a Christian. It is argued that Kierkegaard's authorial strategy reflects the principles of paradoxical psychotherapy. These principles indicate that both the psychological problem and its solution involve an ironic process. In the Kierkegaardian frame of reference, the situation of the immature self is paradoxical, and so is the pathway to full selfhood. The philistine and the aesthete attempt to secure autonomy and personal freedom through an external orientation. But the way to the self is inwards. Consequently, these personalities get caught in an ironic process. The further they push outwards, the further they move away from the locus of genuine selfhood and freedom. This immature form of life can only lead to a loss of self and the associated experience of despair. Paradoxically, Kierkegaard advocates the choice of despair as the way to find oneself in God.
Q-Index Code C1
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