"I really need practical changes from my therapy," a new patient asserted. I affirmed that practical changes within depth therapy are inevitable. "We face what's dark, we face what's bad, then come to terms with what's healing and good. Practical change happens."

For the next three years he faced trauma demons from the past. He'd been badly abused as a child. The fact was that he'd also replicated this abuse in present day life. All this needed to be dealt with, worked through. Changes in relationships proved inevitable. Life changes happened. They were hard, painful but necessary. He commented, "I didn't count on so much change. But, it's all been helpful and good. I'm better."

We are practical souls. We desire creative change. Sometimes, our proverbial prayers are answered in abundance. We can get more change than we bargained for as we tend our inner life. 

C.G. Jung (CW 8, 262) wrote, "...William James, whose psychological vision and pragmatic philosophy have on more than one occasion been my guides. It was his far-ranging mind which made me realize that the horizons of human psychology widen into the immeasurable." William James, father of American depth psychology, inspires a practical outlook for practical souls-human psychology widening into the immeasurable.


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Comment by Paul DeBlassie III on April 11, 2015 at 8:12am


Thank you for your comment. There are so many ways of doing research. Paying attention to the evolution of our patients and noting this as insight to the field is as important, some may say more, than double-blind studies. I'm glad this post was helpful to you.

Comment by Eva Rider on April 11, 2015 at 1:12am

Thank you, Paul.

I find this to be true as well in my practice but I have never found a way to describe it to newcomers who are looking for CBT. This is helpful. If we used to testimonials, Depth Psychological work would perhaps have evolved more rapidly.

I so appreciate your eloquence in describing this.

Comment by Paul DeBlassie III on April 9, 2015 at 4:21pm

J.D...thanks for your comment. I find that the emphasis on practicality is quite helpful in depth therapy so as to ground archetypal experience in the daily world of ongoing transformation and change.

Comment by J.D.Stephen Flynn on April 9, 2015 at 3:12pm
Hi Paul,
The above rings true to my own practice and pertinent too. Could reiterate with slight variation within my own practice at www. Diadhuit.ie as founder and Clinical Director (hon) .
Am reminded of the need for concrete event amid depth.
Of interest and anecdotal is the use of placebo as an implement of healing..sure! Just an after thought.

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