Psychotherapy on the couch

Psychotherapy is asking itself some difficult questions, according to this New York Times article (free registration required).

While the two other general branches of psychology -- test and measurement and experimental  psychology -- have flourished and grown by applying scientific method (and in the case of experimental psychology, finding a home nearer the physical sciences like biology and neurology) psychotherapy wants to know to what interpretive framework it really belongs.

In my own decidedly inexpert opinion, psychotherapy as a discipline is much more closely allied with the humanities, not science, because as subject matter, we are not logical. We belong, rather, in narrative.


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