A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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V                     THE EVOLUTION OF PSYCHOTHERAPY                 225
this analogy has a very real interest because of the present widespread struggles of a political, social and economic character, both within each nation and among the various nations.
Dr. William Brown, at whose feet I have had the privilege of sitting for four years, was able up to 1934 to describe his system as ' synthetic rather than eclectic \30 More recently he has declared himself in his lectures to have transcended the synthetic stage and to have constructed a system which stands by itself as an organic whole. As a trained philosopher, mathematician and physician, he has drawn upon all these strands of thought and experience in formulating his approach to the problems of the human personality ; while he has been able to gain a knowledge of the practical application of his conclusions as neurologist to the Fourth Army during the War and, subsequently, by unremitting labours in the clinic. His usual method 3ia (pp. 53-7) is to commence with ordinary psychological analysis and, after having worked over the ground in that way, ready to discuss difficulties with the patients face to face, to turn to the more thorough-going method of psychoanalysis, which he terms ' deep mental analysis ', should that be necessary. Suggestion and hypnosis also find a place in his technique and his knowledge of the latter is based on serious experimental work, scientifically carried out in the Oxford Institute of Experimental Psychology. Dr. Brown recognizes the indispensability of religion for the completion of the human personality, and his own philosophical reasoning has led him to the conviction that religious experience is superior to and of greater significance than the value experience of the Good, the Beautiful and the True.