Psychotherapy Off the Wall

PSYCHOTHERAPY OFF THE WALL, continued
By now I must have only modestly obscured the fact that one aim of this work is to formulate psychotherapy fiction under the guise of science. Which brings us to the topic of science.
Of course, everybody knows that science is a process by which statements (called hypotheses or theories) are tested for their truth or validity. Although normally based upon fairly firm grounds (usually stated in a scientific report), an ‘hypothesis’ is a guess, the truth or validity of which is to be tested in an experiment. The hypo-thesis is a little thesis or a sub-complete (less than complete) theory. As the statement or little theory to be tested in any experiment, the hypothesis is the central and organizing idea which selects what is to be tried out. What marks these stories as being off the wall (or beyond the fringe) is not only their manifestly fictional character, but also the fact that the hypotheses tested are often a trifle unusual. They sometimes even get to be quite strange.
Also, in experimental tests of hypotheses, a plurality of individuals or observations is usually included in order to avoid the pitfall of drawing a mistaken conclusion due to chance peculiarities of one particular individual or observation. In clinical work, it may be impractical to employ more than one case in a given experiment. So it is accepted practice to do ‘single case’ studies. However, when single case methods are used, it is considered inappropriate to draw widely generalized conclusions [as if they were RR] referring to whole populations of events or people. For this reason, where convenient, two or more case stories are fabricated here to illustrate the possibility that the conclusions dreamed up may be suitable for generalization to large populations. How’s that for a way to get around a methodological problem!?
Let me repeat something I else I said in the earlier book. While reading these stories, you may wonder why a loving wife (which I am) could offer the ‘put downs’ of her husband contained in some of these pages. I have simply recorded the stories in the way in which Felicity told them to me. He has an off way of speaking about himself, as though he was embarrassed about talking well of himself. Since I found his way of referring to himself to be funny, I have recorded them here in the hope that you will be able to enter in the light-hearted banter too.
Finally, may I add a note of welcome to these pages. I would invite those, such as yourself, possessed of virtue, integrity, honesty, calculated scientific reserve and tutored critical faculty, to explore these pages. A little harmless fiction never hurt anyone. It might even poke a few holes in the blinkers with which we all restrict and fashion the world to fit our own pre conceptions. What you will find here is a set of mystery stories in which hypothetical solutions are generated and examined through treatment outcomes, to provide means by which one rather peculiar psychologist might create imaginary structure for himself to help him cope – you may think in a crazy way – in the confusing enterprise of trying to understand people and to help them to fix their deformed or broken worlds through psychotherapy. These particular stories have to do with criminals and addicts.

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