sábado, 26 de março de 2016

ANXIETY, NEED FOR CONTROL, PERSONAL IRRESPONSIBILITY AND REVOLUTION

"Though the word responsible may be used in variety of ways, I prefer Satre's definition: to be responsible is to "be the author of", each of us being thus the author of his or her own life design. We are free to be anything but free: we are, Sartre would say, condemned to freedom. Indeed, some philosophers claim much more: that the architecture of the human mind makes each of us even responsible for the structure of external reality, for the very form of space and time. It is here, in the idea of self-construction, where anxiety dwells: we are creatures who desire structure, and we are frightened by a concept of freedom which implies that beneath us there is nothing, sheer groundlessness.
 Every therapist knows that the crucial first step in therapy is the patient's assumption of responsibility for his or hers life predicament. As long as one believes that one's problems are caused by some force or agency outside oneself, there is no leverage in therapy. If, after all, the problem lies out there, then why should one change oneself? It is the outside world (friends, job, spouse) that must be changed - or exchanged".

Irving D. Yalom, Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy, Penguin Books, 1989, p. 8

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