Philopyschic guidelines for using conceptual maps in counseling sessions

Stephen Richard Palmquist

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The term “philopsychy” refers to any “soul-loving” approach to scholarly inquiry. After explaining the term’s origin, this article introduces a systematic method of constructing logical maps, known as the “Geometry of Logic”, constructs the most fundamental maps that make up the system, and explains how to use such maps to gain new insight about any given situation through a recognition of how one’s perspective on that situation might change. One such map, the “twelvefold compound relation” (or “12CR”), turns out to define the formal structure of Immanuel Kant’s theory of the “forms of judgment” (or categories of the understanding) and of Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types. The article ends by sketching four semi-factual counseling scenarios: the first uses Jung’s 12CR theory, while the other three use Kant’s 12CR theory, to illustrate how counselors can use such maps to encourage counselees to view their presenting problems from a new perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-112
Number of pages40
JournalPhilosophical Practice and Counseling
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

User-Defined Keywords

  • Immanuel Kant
  • Carl Jung
  • philosophical counseling
  • philopsychy
  • perspectival maps
  • the geometry of logic


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