`This book issues a challenge to anyone in the field of psychotherapy who is resigned to seeing psychotherapy as solely a service activity or an art or craft. Instead, Langs invites us to see that psychotherapy, clinical technique and practice may have intricate and fundamental conditions to the scientific laws of nature and the universe. This work will also be of value to those psychotherapists who are interested in asking research questions about the process and technique of psychotherapy. It is also a refreshing read in a post modern era where the pursuit of validity and fundamental laws seems to have gone out of fashion' - New Therapist
Chapter 3: Psychotherapy as a Science
Psychotherapy as a Science
Our subjects for study are psychotherapy and science. It behooves us, then, to have a clear picture of each of these domains and the issues connected with their definition. While historically psychotherapy was, as noted, first defined as a mode of treatment, I will begin this discussion with a definition of psychotherapy as a science and theory of the emotion-related mind because it is a more basic definition than the one developed in terms of its applications.
A Scientific Definition of Psychotherapy
We may, as I said, define psychotherapy as the science ofemotionally related communication, processing, relating, behaving, and adapting, or more concisely as the science ofemotional cognition and adaptation. It is, then, a science of the emotion-related mind and ...