oa Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology - Understanding the ubiquity of the intentionality of consciousness in commonsense and psychotherapy

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1445-7377



A formal and idealised understanding of intentionality as a mental process is a central topic within the classical Husserlian phenomenological analysis of consciousness. This paper does not define Husserl's stance, because that has been achieved elsewhere (Kern, 1977, 1986, 1988; Kern & Marbach, 2001; Marbach, 1988, 1993, 2005; Owen, 2006; Zahavi, 2003). This paper shows how intentionalityinforms therapy theory and practice. Husserl's ideas are taken to the psychotherapy relationship in order to explain what it means for consciousness to have intentionality in various ways. The role of intentionality in psychopathology and its treatment within cognitive behavioural therapy is explained as a way of showing how understanding intentionality creates a medium for the delivery of care.

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