Jim summed it up beautifully. I believe that we should not seek to be "true believers" but to identify the phenomenology and psychopathology of the problems that we work with and any maintaining mechanisms then offer focussed interventions which target these. A number of people have pointed out that there are many very skilled and charismatic therapists and teachers who "dine out" on teaching techniques which are highly plausible and entirely unvalidated. This might be OK as a preliminary thing, but when it goes on for 10+ years then it is time to put up or shut up. We owe it to the people we seek to help.
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