"Character is Fate"-this classic idea is coming around again in the new molecular biology that attributes deep-set personality traits to heredity. Can therapists sort out what belongs to development and may be influenced by therapy and what belongs to character and is authentic to the soul? Moreover, if congenital character is a major determinant in case history, then the events of childhood need to be revisioned, not only as traumatic errors but as previews, and even as necessary components of fate. This suggests that therapy itself would have to evolve from its long dependency upon developmental models toward a biographical imagination of a case as a whole pattern of life with a peculiarly individual intention. With examples from many biographies.
Focusing is bodily attention, not to mere sensations but to an at first unclear, implicitly complex bodily sense-of a situation, problem, or aspect of life. Therapy deepens immediately with many clients if asked what physical sense comes in the middle of the body in relation to what is being worked on. With half a minute of repeated direct attention, clients can assign a "quality-word," e.g., "heavy," "fluttery," or "tight." Then small steps come to say the crux of the problem. Each brings a slight (later large) "shift" and release, a direct sense of validity, although further steps may again change the whole problem. Without disrupting the hour, most clients who cannot do this, can gradually learn it from small questions now and then, such as "What comes in your body?" "Is it heavy, fluttery or how?" and "Stay a little while with that sense. Can you let it come again?" The bodily sense-of an implicit complexity is not widely known.
Panel 01 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 1995 - Gender Issues
Featuring James Hillman, Ph.D.; Peggy Papp, A.C.S.W.; Miriam Polster, Ph.D.; and Olga Silverstein, M.S.W.
Moderated by William Matthews, Jr, PhD.
Panel 18 from the Evolution of Psychotherapy 1995 - Therapeutic Neutrality or Social Commitment?
Featuring Mary Goulding, M.S.W.; James Hillman, Ph.D.; James Masterson, M.D.; and Salvador Minuchin, M.D.
Moderated by Camillo Loriedo, MD.
This workshop is a phenomenology of melancholy. Jungian approaches to depression; clinical treatments, societal implications, resistances, suicidal risks and practical techniques will be demonstrated. The 50-minute, prizewinning BBC Documentary "Kind of Blue," narrated by the presenter will be featured.