Thank you for your clear explanation. I am nervous about the last paragraph. It sounded a bit one-sided though that could just be my reading of it.
How does the therapist make the determination of what the patient needs? Is it something they decide together? And likewise, whose vision of a suitable adaptation is the accepted one? What happens if they are wildly different?
I know the therapist is unlikely to help someone succeed in becoming more like a criminal for instance, but short of that how does he know how to shape a particular individual? Is he guided by the patients reports of happiness/satisfaction?
What if a troubled man comes to therapy with the desire to be more free and open and that kind of thing while the therapist finds him to be already too free and open for the therapist's taste ( or the reverse, I'm not assuming the therapist is the more conservative party )and thinks the man needs to be more structured and directed. Is the adaptation towards the man's vision/feeling of who he really is or what the therapist thinks fits better in society?
Does the man's conscious need lead the way or the therapist's hypothesis? And how could the therapist use the patient's responses to guide him if they have a different visions?
Or, and I really don't want to ask this but I've gone far enough already, does the therapist try to influence or even usurp the man's unconscious wishes so that the conflict between their different visions might remain but work is being done underneath. It does sound a little paranoid. Sorry. I guess what I'm asking is does the therapist honor the individual or seek an adaptation based on what would be most productive in society?
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