The Values of Psychotherapy

The Values of Psychotherapy

The Values of Psychotherapy

The Values of Psychotherapy

Synopsis

This first-class book provides and unrivalled basis for further discussion as to how to make psychotherapy more effective both ethically and professionally.

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R. D. Hinshelwood

There is no objectivity in the human sciences. Psychotherapy is one research field that has really addressed that fact. It is accepted that the psychotherapist profoundly affects the field of study whilst in the process of studying it -- and the researcher goes on creating an unfolding effect as long as it lasts. the therapeutic effect is, of course, founded on just the same view too: the field of study (the patient or client) is deeply affected by the researcher in a persistent, on-going manner.

But, more than this, there is another and comparable mutual influence: psychotherapy and society also influence each other in a two-way fashion. the Western world has not been left untouched by the coming of Freud (and, to a lesser extent, Janet and nineteenthcentury hypnotherapies). Psychotherapy has led to a widely accepted change in our understanding of what a person is. Our sense of ourselves and of how we relate to each other is, in part, a product of the century of psychotherapy, just as psychotherapy is, in part, the creation of the historical development of our society. the values of psychotherapy are, in a deep sense, the values of society in general.

I was very grateful during my own researches when the first edition of this book appeared in 1989. Though my own ideas eventually developed in a somewhat divergent way, it was in no small . . .

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