The Revolutionary Spirit of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is anachronistic. In this busily moving, rapidly firing world we live in, psychotherapy is about slowing down. In this day and age of speed and impulse, of constant movement, psychotherapy is about thinking. At its core psychotherapy is two (sometimes more) people sitting down and talking. It is about thinking together. (Who has time to think?) Moving against the prevailing trends of society, psychotherapy is about reflection. One contemporary psychoanalyst calls the endeavor “inner searching activity.” In this age of 500 TV channels and myriad mind-numbing distractions, psychotherapy is about developing the mind, expanding the mind.

Although barely over a hundred years old, a relative newcomer in the history of human existence, psychotherapy is quite old-fashioned in its values and practices. In this way it often feels quite revolutionary.

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