`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 5: Three Theories of Psychoanalysis
Three Theories of Psychoanalysis
While at present, each of the major therapeutic modalities has established itself as an accepted, impressionistic and correlational science, none can as yet lay claim to a formal science. What then are the attributes of a theory that is likely to give the field its much needed measures, instruments, and formal science? The following seem essential:
- The selection of dimensions of emotional life that are truly critical, fundamental, and deeply meaningful. Plato alluded to this selection process as carving nature at its joints and the choices must be exquisitely made.
- The chosen dimensions must be universal and continuous or ever-present so they can be translated into quantifiable variables that can be measured from moment to moment and over ...