Existential-Phenomenological Perspectives in Psychology

Exploring the Breadth of Human Experience

  • Ronald S. Valle
  • Steen Halling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction and Foundational Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ronald S. Valle, Mark King, Steen Halling
      Pages 3-16
    3. Robert D. Romanyshyn, Brian J. Whalen
      Pages 17-39
    4. Donald E. Polkinghorne
      Pages 41-60
  3. Classical Topics in Psychology

  4. Development, Emotion, and Social Psychology

  5. The Clinical Area

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Constance T. Fischer
      Pages 157-178
    3. Steen Halling, Judy Dearborn Nill
      Pages 179-192
    4. Donald Moss
      Pages 193-213
  6. Explorations of Central Life Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Jan O. Rowe, Steen Halling, Emily Davies, Michael Leifer, Dianne Powers, Jeanne van Bronkhorst
      Pages 233-244
    3. Donald Moncrieff
      Pages 245-254
  7. Transpersonal Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-256
    2. Ronald S. Valle
      Pages 257-268
    3. Susan Schneier
      Pages 311-327
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 339-355

About this book


When I began to study psychology a half century ago, it was defined as "the study of behavior and experience." By the time I completed my doctorate, shortly after the end of World War II, the last two words were fading rapidly. In one of my first graduate classes, a course in statistics, the professor announced on the first day, "Whatever exists, exists in some number." We dutifully wrote that into our notes and did not pause to recognize that thereby all that makes life meaningful was being consigned to oblivion. This bland restructuring-perhaps more accurately, destruction-of the world was typical of its time, 1940. The influence of a narrow scientistic attitude was already spreading throughout the learned disciplines. In the next two decades it would invade and tyrannize the "social sciences," education, and even philosophy. To be sure, quantification is a powerful tool, selectively employed, but too often it has been made into an executioner's axe to deny actuality to all that does not yield to its procrustean demands.


World War I World War II behavior education emotion perception personality philosophy psychology restructuring social psychology statistics

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronald S. Valle
    • 1
  • Steen Halling
    • 2
  1. 1.John F. Kennedy UniversityOrindaUSA
  2. 2.Seattle UniversitySeattleUSA

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