Sunday, June 10, 2012
Merging Artistry with Empiricism
Psychology's roots are in philosophy, which is more of an art than a science. I have a rather contrarian perspective on psychology's Euro-centric assumptions. Stepping outside of the basic assumptions we use in our craft, I think it's important to understand that at some point in time, and even still today, many non-European cultures sought and still seek harmony with nature. Psychology, as it separated from philosophy moved into a laboratory setting which signified our Euro-centric forefather's desire to control and predict. We are left between that proverbial rock and the hard place I mentioned previously - we are compelled (maybe especially as women) to work from the heart with passion and a deep intuitive sense, although we are forced (sometimes it feels that way) to underlay the heart and passion with empirical evidence.
I feel strongly that if we lose the sense of artistry in counseling, we have lost some of the natural beauty of what counseling represents - reaching out and connecting to other human beings.