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G. Giddens, 1987, 1991) draws on psychoanalytic theory, specifically the theory of the unconscious, to illuminate everyday behaviour and social relations, and adds to Freud’s conceptualization the idea of ‘practical consciousness’. According to Giddens: Practical consciousness is in a certain sense unconscious. That is to say, it consists of forms of knowledge not immediately available to discourse. But it is not unconscious in the same way as symbols and modes of cognition subject to repression are unconscious.
Darwin’s theory of natural selection raised the issue of purposelessness in the development of the universe, calling into question any transcendent goal. In the context of psychology, it could therefore be posited that moral argument was simply the rationalization of instinctive behaviour patterns (Desmond and Moore, 1991). Darwin (1809–1882) had also been influenced in his thinking by the British psychologist, Francis Galton (1822–1911), who studied variations in human ability and the effects of heredity, and who had a passion for statistics and measurement.
What is counselling psychology? Having reviewed many aspects of the profession of counselling psychology, in many different countries, we would like to end this chapter with a consideration of how we might define this field. This is a challenging task, in part because the profession has both a coherence and, as we have suggested above, can also be defined as the ‘different from’ position. The official definition, provided by the BPS, is as follows: Counselling Psychology is a distinctive profession within psychology with a specialist focus, which links most closely to the allied professions of psychotherapy and counselling.
A short introduction to counselling psychology by Vanja Orlans; Susan Van Scoyoc