Chapter one

Beyond dogma 1




Because of the interest shown in my earlier book On Learning from the Patient (1985), I was asked by the editorial board of the British Journal of Psychotherapy to outline the process of writing it and where the ideas came from. Prompted by that invitation, I describe here the principal influences that lie behind that first volume (and this) and some of the ideas that form the basis from which I am starting here, before I proceed further into the mysteries, challenges, and discoveries that are inherent in the analytic encounter.

The search for meaning

Quite early in my life I had noticed two apparently contradictory forces operating within me. On the one hand I felt that I had to question everything — particularly ...

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