Since the first “Evolution” conference in 1985, thousands of research studies and how-to books on psychotherapy have been published. Workshops, training programs, and certifications abound. At the same time, the overall effectiveness of psychotherapy has not improved a single percentage point. Meanwhile, practitioners face the most challenging economic practice climate in the field’s history. Incomes are down and fewer people are seeking psychotherapy as a remedy to their problems.
In this talk Dr. Hayes argues that human beings evolved for compassion and cooperation, based in part on the impact of eusociality on human language. This view has extraordinary implications for how we can achieve peace of mind, placing perspective taking and compassion at the center of psychotherapy itself. Such a view has the exciting possibility of bringing together different traditions in psychotherapy that often consider themselves rivals.
In the age in which psychotropic medications have largely replaced psychotherapy, or medications are primary when psychotherapy is included, this presentation will demonstrate how psychotherapy alone can take precedence over medications, and achieve better outcomes than are currently being seen in our failing mental health system.