a reply to: KyoZero
I can only speak from my own experience. My BA is in psychology wiht emphasis on human development and group dynamics. I also have extensive
undergrad work in Music and Mathematics.
Most of my Master's work, to date, has been in General Systems Theory mostly as it relates to orgainizations. General systems has been my life's
I never studied psych in order to be a 'therapist' however I do practise in in the areas of recovery, teaching, and business on an informal level.
As I looked into Psychology as a profession it became clear that 1) I did not agree with certain 'ethical' stances of the profession and that 2) I
didn't have the patience to work with most individuals do to my own arronance and bossy nature.
I firmly believe that Psycology has done more harm then good to this point in time as a whole. It is the parent of Propoganda. It's being used to
torture and demean people.
However there is the good side too. The newish "Positive Psychology" has outstanding posibilities for personal growth for millions. The energy
psychology has wonderful potential for good as well. How this and other (Buddist Psychology, Neuropsychology) techniques will be used
'collectively' on groups and masses of people has yet to be seen.
These discussions are being had in the Psychology Tribe. But in the trenches, with real people seeking solutions none of that matters.
KyoZero's distinction between Psychology and Social Work is valid in this context. And I would agree that Social Work is what is needed - but with
extended psychological tools.
Talk therapy is important to get a sense of a client's (or groups) prime modes of acting and thinking. You have to acquire a sense of the 'ground'
before applying any possible antidote or making any suggestion. My experience has been to suggest a solution to a given problem before I have a sense
and understanding of the context. And that is what I mean by doing harm, unintentionly, but harm none the less.
And no, HarbingrerOfShadows (now let's interprerate that handle), one can never LIVE another's experience but one can and does come to a sense of
understanding of a person or group and their perpective if one listens deeply and without judgement.
One of my beefs with Psychology is that (I studied at a very eclectic school) is that many only use the tool they've been taught work and don't find
the tool that any given client needs. With a willing client, try out everything that might help until you find the right approach.
You are facilitating the healing not causing it.
As I've said, enjoy the journey.