By David Mark Allen
I have frequently said to scholars that I felt that essentially the most vital features of a psychotherapist is the power to tolerate ambiguity. As Allen so aptly issues out during this inventive and priceless e-book, my observa tion includes an implicit assumption that calls for a transparent assertion to ensure that it to be understood. ahead of ambiguity may be tolerated, it needs to be famous. The psychotherapist who accepts the shows of the pa tient at face price is rarely confronted with the tough challenge of enduring the anomaly that's so intrinsic to the conditions that carry many folks to remedy. during this quantity, Allen has undertaken the duty of aiding the reader to acknowledge ambiguity in all of its manifestations, to appreciate it larger, and, having understood it, to aid the sufferer to develop past it. Ambiguity, in Allen's view, arises from a dialectical clash, if it is among the self and the procedure, intrapsychic and fully in the self, or social, whilst the person is tom among competing reference teams. Psychotherapy is a method wherein the dialectic might be delivered to attention in order that a synthesis may be completed. The dialectic that engages the person, and sometimes is performed out among the person and the process, parallels the fight among attachment and individuation.
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To which tension-producing situation the statement refers is not stated. A therapist might start with the assumption that the problem most likely resides within the dialectic between the patient's self and family system. 5. " This sort of statement is normally interpreted to be a criticism of the sensitive person's supposed weaknesses, most usually, the tendency of the sensitive person to be injured by constructive suggestions. "Sensitivity," however, can also refer to the level of importance of the process of criticism within the context of the relationship.
The evolution of language has incorporated this antithesis, and, as with the words for hot and cold, the polarized concepts of self and system have apparently separated out from one another in our language. MIXED MOTIVATION AND LANGUAGE 29 It is interesting in that regard that one of only a few antithetical words which have survived to become adapted to modem English is "cleave," which can mean either to tear apart or to stick together. I wonder if this dual reference has survived because of the fact that individuals have not completely learned how to see themselves as existing independently from the system of which they are a part.
That particular word, interestingly enough, is used less and less frequently nowadays. The disappearance of overtly antithetical words from modem languages does not mean that the antithetical nature of words has also disappeared. Words and language have retained this property to an extraordinary degree. The antithetical nature of modem languages can best be understood through an examination of their intrinsic ambiguity. Ambiguity is built into the very structure of language, and the reason for this is that human beings continually express the basic contradiction of their nature every time they speak.
Deciphering Motivation in Psychotherapy by David Mark Allen