Encountering Bigotry

Befriending Projecting People in Everyday Life

by Philip Lichtenberg, Janneke Beusekom, Dorothy Gibbons

Encountering Bigotry examines the occurrence of emotionally fraught and socially provocative expressions, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, classism, and other forms of hatred of outgroups or others, in everyday experience.  The editors categorize such remarks as projections, particular forms of perceiving oneself and others in the world.  This projection allows the person to perceive emotional intensity without owning (i.e., without attributing to the self) the feeling or experiencing anxiety-producing emotions.  Such projections are not pathological, they observe, but rather "faulty" and not beyond repair. Utilizing experiences gathered from various people and settings, and deriving theory from common psychoanalytic and Gestalt therapy, the observations and conclusions found in Encountering Bigotry are as applicable in any social context as they are in the therapeutic relationship.
  • Taylor and Francis; June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781317707066
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Encountering Bigotry
  • Author: Philip Lichtenberg; Janneke Beusekom; Dorothy Gibbons
  • Imprint: Gestalt Press

About The Author

Philip Lichtenberg, Ph.D., is the Mary Hale Chase Professor in Social Sciences and Social Work and Social Research at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College, where he has been teaching for 35 years.  He is also Co-Director of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia and maintains a psychotherapy practice.

Janneke Maria van Beusekom, Ph.D., is in the private practive of psychotherapy as Life Management Associates in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Formerly an assistant professor in economics, she is a graduate of Bryn Mawr's School of Social Work and Social Research.

Dorothy Gibbons, M.A., M.S.S., is a Geriatric Mental Health Clinician for Intercommunity Action, Inc. in Philadelphia.  She is a recent graduate of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia and is currently involved in training in the Agazarian Approach to Systems-Centered Group-as-a-Whole Therapy.