PSYCHOTHERAPY BEYOND THE FRINGE, continued
However, a friend and colleague, who was also enamoured of the tales, and who was concerned lest Felicity’s final breath be drawn without some of these fanciful stories seeing the light of day, concocted with conviction the original form of the Principle of Perversity (Felicitations, 1988, 1, 1, 1-2). He pointed out that, human nature being what it is, it is much easier to believe that which is presented as patently fictitious than it is to believe that which is presented as fact. Why not, he suggested, write up the cases as the pure fiction they clearly are, uncluttered with Felicity’s usual attempts to make them sound plausible? Then everybody could believe them. He added that if Felicity felt it necessary to expound profound truisms and assorted meaningless justifications about what was purported to have taken place, or about how the effects noted might be explained, he might choose to expand at length on the tales in a companion work. In this way, it would be possible to make reading about psychotherapy tolerable, even fun, while at the same time introducing students to the demanding discipline of psychotherapy with the least possible pain.
Accordingly, this is one of a pair of improbable works of fiction. This one contains yarns about people who never existed, identified by their real fictitious names. Of course it must follow that any resemblance between these people and anybody living or dead, or even eventually to be alive or dead, is purely and completely accidental and unintentional. The companion work, aptly entitled A Companion’s Work, containing all the associated clutter of irrelevant thoughts, unlikely schemes and fantastic fictional and pseudo-scientific explanations, all expressed in the pedantic and mind‑destroying forms of non‑communication commonly used by psychologists, you will be happy to hear, is not going to be written. You may be less happy to hear that its contents are contained instead — I hesitate to say this — under the covers of this volume, although frequently in chapter introductions.