We’ve Had 100 Years of Psychotherapy and the World Is Getting Worse
The venerable Jungian, James Hillman, and the iconoclastic Austinite and journalist Michael Ventura, improbably, wrote a book together.
Title? We’ve Had 100 Years of Psychotherapy and the World Is Getting Worse.
Provocative, funny, serious.
Most of the popular models of “psychotherapy” found in the thirty six thousandth edition of Corsini and Wedding do not even offer a nod toward spirituality or consciousness. The root metaphors (almost always unacknowledged and probably unrecognized) are mechanical, hydraulic, computer-centric or otherwise soul-less representations of what it means to be a conscious human being.
It reminds me of an old, early line about computer programming: “Crap in, crap out.” In this discussion, that would mean “If the model for understanding other humans diminishes them to “disorders” and broken personalities, how the hell are you going to use connection and love to create a healing process? Answer? You’re not.
Consciousness-Centered Therapy would bring the entire person into view, lower self and higher self, soma, mind and spirit…
I’m going to go back to a mechanical metaphor. If you were working to build a high-powered race car, and focused on the chassis, engine, tires, exhaust system, but totally ignored the carburetor, because you were not quite sure that carburetors are real, or important, or because you were a little sheepish about discussing carburetors when none of your colleagues did, and your professional publications never mentioned “carburetors”—well, I would predict very limited success in building that high-powered race car…
Leave human consciousness or the dimension of spirit out of psychology and what kind of results would you expect?
What was the name of that Hillman and Ventura book again?