[Hunter "Patch" Adams] called for a "last stand of loving care" to prevail over the misery in the world, its wars and "our fascistic government." Overcome by his own message, Dr. Adams eventually fell to the floor of the stage in tears.The "humanistic" psychotherapists remind me of the proponents of Intelligent Design. They don't have science, but they have the deep conviction that what they believe is more profound. The question is: What do you do with it? If you try to sell to patients/students as science, you've got a problem.
Many in the audience of thousands were deeply moved; many others were bewildered. Some left the arena.
At the conference, many said they found it heartening that psychotherapy was finding some scientific support....
Many therapists at the conference said that if the field did not incorporate more scientifically testable principles, its future was bleak.
December 27, 2005
"In the 1960's and 1970's, ... psychotherapy felt like a social movement, and you just wanted to be a part of it."
But now, says psychologist Jeffrey Zeig, it's just not the same. The "cool logic of science" threatens to unseat the "spirit of humanistic activism."