PSYCHOTHERAPY – Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud, the inventor of psychoanalysis, appreciated the many ways in which our minds are troubled and anxious. It isn’t us in particular: it’s the human condition. Find out more about how Freud thought in our ‘Great Thinkers’: https://goo.gl/toR8m8
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“He described himself as an obsessional neurotic. For although the father of modern psychology told us so much about our inner lives, he was touchingly vulnerable himself….”
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to the subconscious and psychotherapy, it has always been thought that
there’s only one “true path” to change and self-improvement, delving
into a patient’s past and finding those key turning points in one’s
younger self to make one’s present self whole.
As authors Phil
Stutz and Barry Michels show in their groundbreaking work “The Tools:
Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity” it’s
probably a great thing to find out the key turning points in one’s life,
but, how can you apply them today and will they work?
conventional wisdom is that the only true path to enlightenment and
change is an understanding of the road that brought you to this point in
your life. However, as challenged by Stutz and Michels, so what? So,
you know the cause of your issues and you’re 45 years old, what good is
it going to do for your life today?
That’s the problem with
conventional therapy, they see, what good does this knowledge do? Isn’t
life more about getting through today and on to tomorrow successfully?
So, they ask, what good is it? Isn’t it better to have real tools to get
through the day? Aren’t real tools going to do more for you than
knowing the long-buried issues that standard psychotherapy have dug up?
What, ultimately, they ask can you do with them?
They also point
to successful programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or similar programs
that tell you all you have to do is get through today and let tomorrow
worry about itself. Why you became an alcoholic in the first place isn’t
really important, is it? Is it keeping away from the first drink that
will lead you back down the ugly path you have just climbed out of?
That’s the benefit of the tools, the point out.
The purists in the
world of psychotherapy are apt to call these tools superficial or maybe
just band-aids but here’s the point they never ask: If the tools work
and keep you from going back down the slippery slope, aren’t they worth
And, Stutz and Michels don’t disregard the more traditional
because they do discuss your past with you and then they look at the
chest of issues you have brought up and they try to find that one lever
or tool that will help you deal with your issues.
Michels agree, getting your subconscious working for you and using it
and the issues it reveals to jump over the blocks so that you can use
your own methods of dealing with the blocks. That’s the basis of their
tools and the basis of their work.
They don’t believe that just
focusing on the past in session after session is the only way to
self-fulfillment and acknowledgment. Instead, they believe that when you
begin peeling away the layers by using the tools you have within your
reach, you will heal yourself much more quickly and that healing will
make you happy.