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October 2021

Counselling and the social construction of self

Journal/Book: Brit J Guid Couns. 1999; 27: Rankine Rd, Basingstoke Rg24 8Pr, Hants, England. Carfax Publishing. 339-352.

Abstract: The specific and comparatively narrow nature of selfhood which counselling suggests is examined. It is argued that the discourse of counselling is directly and powerfully related to the social construction of self. The social consequences of two central notions of this constructed self-authenticity and autonomy-are debated. It is proposed that, far SI om being necessarily socially desirable, the propagation of these notions within selfhood may have some derogative consequences Co social relations, within communities and within society. It is suggested that counsellors need to develop much more awareness of the sociological perspective of their profession before enthusiastically propagating the authentic, autonomous self.

Note: Article Russell J, Loft, 66 Lowther St, York YO31 7LR, N Yorkshire, ENGLAND

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