Re: Monistic Perspective...

Mancuso, James C. (
Thu, 19 Feb 1998 10:40:15 -0500


I appreciate your comments . . . right on!!!

Jim Mancuso

Esteban Laso wrote:

> Hi
> Ana Almeida wrote:
> >
> >If we accept this monistic construction, the dichotomy between
> >Psychotherapy Vs. Psychiatry doesn't have to much sense...
> >However, the reflections about the need to define the psychological point
> >of view, the role of the psychologist and the place of the psychology, can
> >be seen under a different light... It's not a question of opposition to the
> >stabilised perspectives. In that way, we are only empowering them. It is a
> >question of gestalt, to define our own gestalt, ours constructs and what is
> >our special contribution to the sciences that say to study the human
> >being...
> >
> OK. Man is a whole -so it is the universe, but we have to break it in pieces
> in order to understand it. The problem arises when we believe that we are
> looking at _the real thing_: "the real cause of shizophrenia is...", etc. I
> don't believe that biological, chemical or psychiatrical explanations are
> bad in themselves: it's only that they tend to rule out all other
> explanations and to get people freezed in their so-called "diseases" and
> their concretistic treatments. So this is not a "psychology vs. psychiatry"
> argument: they both are useful sometimes -and they both can do a lot of
> disgraces if misused. There was a fellow in my classroom who once asked our
> Freudian teacher: "OK: if there is an unconscious, where in the brain is it
> located?" And he was _meaning_ it! Let's not fight traditional explanations
> just because they happen to be traditional. They are neither wrong nor
> right: like those we call "bad feelings", you have to learn how to use them.
> Esteban

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