Family therapy and change
Several years ago, as roving and naive cats, we wandered into the field of family therapy. We were intrigued and wanted to try it on for size. It showed such promise. It was just what the doctor ordered for two such knockabout, quick-change, tightrope acrobats who were looking for something new to alleviate the feelings of uncertainty we had about our experiences in the field of individual psychotherapy. But, low and behold, it was the quickchange phenomenon that caught us up short in this new, pioneering field of family therapy.
American society's love affair with change, and the quicker the better, has led the field to participate in the deification of change as a way to salvation from the past and towards a better life in the future. It has been the justification for an aggressive mentality that promotes intrusive, invasive methods that belie an attitude of arrogance towards others. It has encouraged a belief in therapists as agents of change who have to have extraordinary powers to be clever enough to change families. Arrogance towards others and the deification of change serve as antidotes to the panic felt about the inability to control our lives, to say nothing of the lives of others.