I’ve been wondering if all the shopworn psychology – the pop psych-corrupted “disorder” names and symptoms, all the therapy assumptions and techniques – could be eliminated in favor of an existential approach. I don’t mean Viktor Frankl’s or Irvin Yalom’s existentialism, which lives in the realm of clinician’s philosophy and client’s intellect. Rather, a therapy based simply on the question, “Who am I?”, with answers emanating from the oceanic inclusions of the person.
** Irvin D. Yalom, Love’s Executioner and other tales of psychotherapy, Basic Books, 1989. Prologue, p. xi.