Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 171–181 | Cite as

The phases of renewal: Steps to integration of the self in psychotherapy

  • Stephen Slade Tien


This is a study of the psychology of self-renewal. The myth of Psyche is examined since it is among the finest rebirth stories antiquity has left us and can be read as representative of the renewal process in general. The story as such, points to a number of psychological states of being necessary for the self to pass through if change is to occur. Renewal can be understood as a series of ontological situations, and these can be structurally considered in terms of phases. This in turn, provides a general theoretical framework for a psychological analysis of self-renewal. The phases of renewal, derived from the Latin, are:immanence, obstruence, descendence, experience, ascendence, emergence andtranscendence. The case of Lee is used to illustrate the process of integration of self in psychotherapy.


Public Health Social Psychology Psychological State Renewal Process Psychological Analysis 
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