Thesis ID: CBB001561612

Truth as Relationship: The Psychology of E. Graham Howe (2006)


Edwards, Ian C (Author)

Duquesne University
Burston, Daniel

Publication Date: 2006
Edition Details: Advisor: Burston, Daniel
Physical Details: 245 pp.
Language: English

Dr. Eric Graham Howe (d. 1975) was one of the most important psychologists in early 20 th century Britain. Yet, for the most part, his work is relatively unknown. Howe was unjustly dismissed by the psychoanalytic community of his time. Howe was not only left out of the history of psychoanalysis, but also the history of psychology. Because of Howe's uninhibited eclecticism, because both the psychoanalytic and psychological literatures have ignored his work, and because he contributed to his own posthumous neglect, it was necessary to write a comprehensive survey of Howe's writings. Such a survey demonstrated the depth of his thought, as well as addressed, for example, his ambivalent relationships with Freud, Jung and their followers; his relationship to existential phenomenology; and his relationship to Asian philosophy. Howe utilized existential phenomenology and Asian philosophy to elucidate the nature of his ambivalence as well as to critique the doctrinaire approach of many analytically oriented psychotherapists of his day. Moreover, Howe took hold of the very spirit of his ambivalence as a means to propel him toward a profound exploration of the human psyche, an exploration that often led him outside the realms of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology. In Part II, Howe was situated in relation to the better-known psychodynamic theorists, i.e., Freud, Adler, Jung, Winnicott, and Suttie, as well as Laing, via Daniel Burston's typology of psychoanalytic theorists. Extensive discussions of Howe's views on depression, the inferiority complex, the psychology of love, and the psychology of the self were also provided. Part III demonstrated Howe's remarkable ability to bring together Psychoanalysis, Jungian psychology, the Wisdom Traditions, Esoteric Philosophy, and Existential-Phenomenology to form a truly integrated view of man, as well as a form of psychotherapy that treats what Howe called, "the whole man." This work constituted the first attempt to provide a comprehensive overview and critical appraisal of Howe's thought, an appraisal that was long overdue.


Description Cited in Diss. Abstr. Int. A 67/01 (2006): 539. UMI pub. no. 3206952.

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Authors & Contributors
Maria Antonia Rancadore
Antonio Semerari
Fierro, Catriel
Zuckerman, Moshe
Wang, Wenji
Stam, Henderikus J.
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
History of Psychiatry
History of Psychology
Xinshixue (New History)
Medical History
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
University of California, San Diego
Wallstein Verlag
Pickwick Publications
Karnac Books
Clinical psychology
Freud, Sigmund
Zutt, Jürg
Sartre, Jean-Paul
Rycroft, Charles
Mahler, Margaret S.
Linschoten, Johannes
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
18th century
Great Britain
United States
Universiteit Utrecht
National Health Service (Great Britain)

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