|It seems that each week
brings with it another psychological theory. There appears to be nearly
as many pop psychology theories as there are psychologists! Walk into any
large bookstore and take a look at the wide variety of titles in the "psychology"
section. There is a reason for such a large number of divergent theories
and views within this subject.
This is because this field suffers from a
preponderance of opinion, novel notions, and even wishful thinking instead
of any basis in legitimate careful observation or "science". A trait of
any legitimate science is that the majority of the members of the field
agree upon basic concepts, theories and models - because these things actually
refer to valid existing facts of reality - whereas far too many of the
concepts, theories, and models of modern psychology refer to little outside
of the imagination of the psychologist who asserts and believes the current
trendy pop psychological notion.
Generally, what positive results do occur
from the apparent application of any modern psychological approach has
to do with the theory or process itself, and much more depends upon the
personal ability of the therapist or counselor to care and simply be
a good listener, thereby enabling and also encouraging the "patient" to
figure things out for themselves. Various "therapies" can also cause much
harm due to their directive or evaluative nature.
Learn online about modern psychology, the
inconsistency of theories, the divergence of applications, and the potential
harm of these various methods at SNTP
Beware the Talking Cure Main Page.