`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice `Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on the ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including: · Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'? · Clinical issues: Is ther

In Defence of Therapy for Training

In defence of therapy for training

The History

Madness in great ones must not unwatch'd go.

(Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1)

Physician, heal thyself!

(Luke 4: 23)

From Self-Analysis

Over 100 years ago Sigmund Freud found that a ‘self-analysis’, particularly in interpreting his own dreams, was an indispensable tool in the development of psychological understanding. This self-analysis was important for any individual who wished to understand more about human nature in general as well as personal psychology in particular. It was also viewed by Freud as an essential prerequisite for an individual who wished to treat others. In 1910 he comments:

[N]o psychoanalyst goes further than his own complexes and internal resistances permit; and we consequently require that he shall begin his activity with a self-analysis ...

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