`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

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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