Here’s a quick summary of how some of the major therapies try to help us.
Sigmund Freud said that we are welded to the pleasure principle. We are chasing pleasure and running from pain. He also said that our instinct for sex and aggression were balanced by our conscience which is always trying to control us. Meanwhile, the ego (not in the everyday sense of the word) is trying to manage all of this.
Cognitive behaviour therapy says that our thinking creates our problems. Our fear and anxiety is created by our belief systems, change the beliefs and the problem disappears. Byron Katie says the same thing, but she works with it from a spiritual perspective.
Gestalt therapy says, own your disowned parts and get into the present moment.
Carl Jung says that we need to own our shadow, our dark side, know our archetypes, integrate and we will heal.
Client Centered therapy says that all we need to do is listen really carefully to our clients and this will enable healing to happen. Often it does. [Read more…]