Roving through the fields of psychotherapy: an overview
Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer are two cats in T. S. Eliot Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats ( 1939). They are described as ". . . a very notorious couple of cats. . . knockabout clowns, quick-change comedians, tight-rope walkers and acrobats." As a couple of family therapists we have often felt like entertainers, walking the ever-present tightrope of therapy -- always ready for the quick-change from being tightrope walkers to being the net. T. S. Eliot's cats roved through the neighbourhoods of London, and we have roved through the fields of psychotherapy and philosophy, taking this and that from different areas and trying them on for size, effect, and meaning. In fact, we have been incurable rovers in the fields of science, philosophy, literature, and cultural anthropology. One could say that our roving through the world of ideas and meanings as an aesthetic experience has been our work. Yet, as practical cats we have put forth considerable effort applying an aesthetic perspective to the practice of psychotherapy ( Inger & Inger, 1990a, 1990b). In order to ensure that aesthetics and practices of psychotherapy form a harmonious complementarity, we have turned to ethics.