PSYCHOLOGY TOMORROW MAGAZINE
For nearly four decades, I have sat and listened to people who present their stories. I still marvel at how unique many of their problems are and how well these problems also function as solutions. The more I explore a situation to find out what is right rather than what is wrong about it, the more creativity I discover and deeper is my conviction that the human mind has a genius for navigating life’s challenges.
As I continue to teach and lecture around the world, I have become increasingly aware that most psychotherapists train and practice within a paradigm that sees patients’ problems as rooted in pathology. These therapists wait and watch for a symptom to see how it might fit into a category of identified disorders. That neatly solves the problem for the therapists, but not for the patients.
While an understanding of the science of psychology is the accepted basis for treating patients, a wider appreciation of psychology as art informs my practice. A therapist’s job may be less to cure a problem than to identify, respect and even revere how it solves or rectifies life’s dilemmas. Much of the satisfaction from my work is the inspiration I derive, from seeing over and over again, how imaginatively and often unwittingly we address each others' fears, loyalties and love.
Therapy, then, is about decoding and honoring the creativity of the mind rather than the codification of behavior into diagnostic categories. Only then can it achieve reverence for the power of the human spirit.
Psychology Tomorrow Magazine aims to explore the practice of psychology as an art in all its complex possibilities. Against the current trend in psychology towards pathologizing human behavior through medical and scientific explanations, the magazine will emphasize the creativity of the therapeutic process for both patients and therapists.
As daring, Psychology Tomorrow will go a step further by looking at the relationship between psychology and contemporary visual arts, photography, fashion, writing, dance and video. Our understanding of human behavior depends as much on our appreciation of creative self-expression as it does scientific research.
Whether it’s in the photographs of Bill Hayward in which he asks well-known artists to create a backdrop and a pose that reflects the essence of who they are, or in one of Stanley Siegel's case stories in which he prescribes a warring couple to hang sheets throughout their house to symbolize and honor the division between them, or in an excerpt from Canadian writer Shelia Heti's new novel, "How Should A Person Be," Psychology Tomorrow will present the cutting edge of art in psychology and the psychology in art.
Psychology Tomorrow will be published quarterly online and can be viewed by subscription.
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