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Religion, Existentialism, and Psychotherapy

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Re: Religion, Existentialism, and Psychotherapy

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I believe it is the Lakota people who say the Duck is a very favored creature of God...at home on land, the water and in the air.And they waddle....nothing that waddles can ever take itself too seriously.Niall: there is a tendency among those who like the approach to jibber jabber in situations where less philosophical approaches would work better.This is an interesting critique. Yalom makes the case that the most important work done in existential psychotherapy involves the immediate interaction between client and therapist: the hidden rules of communication and subconscious expectations regarding relationship protocols are key openings to what is fueling the stated crises or explicit dillemma...exposing those rules and expectations as they arise provide exciting clues to the existential givens and their impact.It's possible that there is rarely any dicussion about the existential givens per se: rather, frank, honest and open dialogue with an insightful interlocutor who is able to ask the right question at the right time...able to skillfully bring the conversation back to the client/therapist relationship by exposing, challenging, enforcing, and exploring the stated and unstated rules and protocols of interaction...in time will bring the patient face to face with the meaning of their life, their isolation, personal identity, and what freedom demands from them.
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