`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

Mind at the End of its Tether

Mind at the end of its tether

Once there was religion, then there was science, then there was Marxism: now we have therapy, which, in its wider political and social context outside the consulting room, I shall call Therapism. Our belief structures rise and fall with the centuries. We feel safe serving, whether it's God, knowledge, patterns of history – obsessions which overlap but seldom coincide – but now turn inwards to serve the inner self. I give Therapism perhaps another fifty years before our brave new caring society collapses under the weight of its own by-product, an excess of empathy – as shatteringly and suddenly, no doubt, as did the Berlin Wall, leaving the human race to find ...

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