Feelings of Being: Phenomenology, Psychiatry and the Sense of Reality

Author(s) : Matthew Ratcliffe

Feelings of Being: Phenomenology, Psychiatry and the Sense of Reality

Book Details

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Published : 2008
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 320
  • Category :
    Clinical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 28945
  • ISBN 13 : 9780199206469
  • ISBN 10 : 0199206465

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Feelings of Being is the first ever account of the nature, role and variety of 'existential feelings' in psychiatric illness and in everyday life. There is a great deal of current philosophical and scientific interest in emotional feelings. However, many of the feelings that people struggle to express in their everyday lives do not appear on standard lists of emotions. For example, there are feelings of unreality, surreality, unfamiliarity, estrangement, heightened existence, isolation, emptiness, belonging, significance, insignificance, and the list goes on. Ratcliffe refers to such feelings as 'existential' because they comprise a changeable sense of being part of a world.

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Matthew Ratcliffe is a Professor of Philosophy at Durham University. Most of his research addresses issues in phenomenology, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of psychiatry.

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