Creating an Ethical Position in Family Therapy

By Ivan B. Inger; Jeri Inger | Go to book overview

CHAPTER TWO
Individualism, family, and psychotherapy

Roving

Our roving in the fields of science, art, and literature began when we were students in the 1960s. There were so many intriguing ideas and so many things to do. We were caught up in the whirlwind of aesthetic ideas and pragmatic solutions to the problems confronting life in all its facets. It was an exciting time to be a learner. Like many 1960s university students, we had a bent towards the humanities. We had heard about the ideas and ideals of the philosopher Martin Buber. We were especially familiar with his I-Thou relationship ( Buber, 1958). We had one or two of his books on our shelves and were pleased to have Buber in our library, but we had not read him. His ideas seemed a bit esoteric and spiritual, and he was difficult to read. That was enough to deter us. It was acceptable just to say we believed in the I-Thou relationship. And using the I-Thou phrase was sufficient for expressing our belief in the need for mutuality in relationships and respect for one another. Everyone seemed to understand. For over two decades Buber sat on the shelf while we immersed ourselves in the applied science of psychotherapy. We immersed ourselves in the thinking and

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