Counseling practices are guided by an aspiration to alleviate suffering and enhance well-being of clients. This entails a focus on minimizing vulnerability to others and on preservation from injury and violation. In the work of Judith Butler, too, there is a strong focus on the ethical importance of alleviating suffering, more precisely suffering related to oppression and social exclusion. Butler, however, also stresses the ethical limitations of attempting to preserve ourselves from injury and violation, in relation to her view that human beings are implicated and intertwined in each other's existence. An exploration of how this perspective resonates in the domain of counseling suggests that the practice of ethical counseling may benefit from rethinking the aim of counseling in terms of 'becoming human'.
|Title of host publication||Bodies that still matter|
|Subtitle of host publication||Resonances of the work of Judith Butler|
|Editors||Annemie Halsema, Katja Kwastek, Roel van den Oever|
|Publisher||Amsterdam University Press|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
- becoming (in)human