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Psychotherapy as Repair and Creativity

Think about it. Shorn of pretension, of academic and scholastic theory and technique, the art of psychotherapy is the practice of repair and creation. We live in a throwaway culture in which “planned obsolescence”, originally an economic term for jumpstarting the Great Depression (Heathcoate, 2013), determines our material world. We may yearn for the enduring, but instead locate it falsely, insisting  on the endurance of the short-term —– our dreams. Sometimes this insistence determines our emotional world too. A few contemporary examples include: the delusional belief that object “x” or “y” will make us happy- whether that new terrace house or that new child or that lovely antique so-and-so seen […]

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