UNDERSTANDING THE SELF AS HYPOSTASIS
A PHENOMENOLOGICAL VIEW ON THERAPEUTIC PRESENCE
Natural scientific views on the human being have the tendency to reduce selfhood to a static object. This tendency arguably derives from the need to objectify the present in which the human being is found. Phenomenology avoids such a reduction by engaging with the present instead of distancing from it for the sake of analysis. This beneficence that derives from a phenomenological view of reality is argued to be a warranted view a counseling therapist should adopt. Not only can a therapist who involves phenomenological perspectives in their practice succeed in viewing their clients non-instrumentally, but such a therapist can also “Be” genuine. The paper conceives of the therapist capable of performing these phenomenological tasks in therapy as adopting a mode of Being which we highlight as akin to the ancient concept: hypostasis. This conception in turn is shown to have epistemological ramifications for the meaning of “understanding”, which is shown quite suitably in the example of therapeutic presence. Heidegger’s Dasein serves as conceptual example of self in the paper to elucidate the connection between hypostasis and understanding throughout.