Another Value to Character Focus

David Shapiro has pointed out that ‘historical’ (psycho-dynamic) explanations of mal-adaptive behavior tend to be exculpatory, and so the client never really ‘owns’ the problem. He prefers ‘contemporary’ (cognitive) explanations which keep the client ‘on-the hook’ However, contemporary/cognitive explanations draw on the will for solutions, which will fail when the will inevitably tires and exhausts. Alexander Lowen’s solution was ‘character-focus’ which provides a combined historical and contemporary explanation–historical in the sense of character formation, and contemporary in the sense of character functioning. The indicated solution, of course, since character resides in the body, is bodywork.

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