Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Thank you for your tremendous support surrounding the wrongful ‘retirement” of my column, “Intelligent Lust” from Psychology Today Magazine.
One supporter wrote that I should never considering returning to Psychology Today, but instead start my own magazine called Psychology Tomorrow.
I’ve taken that suggestion to heart. After conversations with colleagues, friends and supporters, I decided to take the plunge.
For nearly four decades, I have sat and listened to people who present their stories. I still marvel at how unique are many of their problems 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 the deeper is my conviction that the human mind has a genius for navigating life’s challenges.
As I continue to teach and lecture among my colleagues, 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 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 other’s 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 was created as a reaction to the current overemphasis in psychology for medical or scientific explanations and towards further pathologizing human behavior . It aims to explore the practice of psychology as art in all it’s complex possibilities. As daring, the magazine goes a step further by looking at the relationship between psychology and contemporary dance, photography, film, fashion, writing, and the visual arts.
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 my case stories in which I ask a warring couple to hang sheets throughout their house to symbolize and honor the division between them, or in a short story by Shelia Heti, Psychology Tomorrow Magazine presents the art in psychology and the psychology in art.
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