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158). An example of a counter movement within the scientific frame is reflected in the work of the Gestalt psychologists all of whom were active at the beginning of the 20th century. The word Gestalt, variously translated as ‘shape’, ‘structure’ or ‘whole’ was introduced into psychology by the Austrian philosopher Christian von Ehrenfels (1859–1932). His original essay denigrating the reductionistic approach in favour of the combining of ‘atoms’ into broader structures led to the establishment of the Berlin school of Gestalt psychology and to the more recent investigation of neural networks.

Qxp 18 11/18/2008 11:37 AM Page 18 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY has of course entailed a clash of values in many settings and some considerable effort to find a way through such differences. It would appear to us that these efforts continue in the field at the time of writing, perhaps suggesting that this is itself a characteristic of the profession. Of relevance also, is the competition for finite resources among different professional groups. Secondly, counselling psychology has been driven by a desire to ‘make a stand’ – for subjectivity, for the inclusion of context in its research and practice, for promoting well-being as opposed to a focus on illness, for diversity, for the rights of all human beings, and for the right to bring psychology to many different settings.

G. Giddens, 1987, 1991) draws on psychoanalytic theory, specifically the theory of the unconscious, to illuminate everyday behaviour and social relations, and adds to Freud’s conceptualization the idea of ‘practical consciousness’. According to Giddens: Practical consciousness is in a certain sense unconscious. That is to say, it consists of forms of knowledge not immediately available to discourse. But it is not unconscious in the same way as symbols and modes of cognition subject to repression are unconscious.

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