A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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He must not attach himself to one particular doctrine and neglect the teachings of other masters of psychotherapy. He must also make use of anything he finds of value anywhere. Further, he must look upon each case as a novum and be prepared for surprises. Any new case may cancel former conclusions. Prejudice is the hangman of truth !
On the other hand, adherence to a school with a body of doctrines behind it gives the psychotherapist the courage of convictions and freedom from doubt; and this has a great prestige suggestive effect on the patient. It is true that seeing the psychoneurosis in terms of preconceived beliefs may lead to failures explained as ' the analysis did not last long enough ' the number of which we are not told. The most successful practitioner must be optimistic enough to take a middle course between the two horns of the dilemma.
Analysis is a complicated science, and to use a fitting expression of Riklin's, ' the delicate structures of a neurosis should not be handled by rough and untrained fingers \ This may be taken as a warning against the practice of analysis by persons who are not qualified by native gifts and capabilities.
The successful use of hypnotic suggestion demands a firm will, unlimited patience, and a calm temperament. To these, as Forel pointed out, enthusiasm and resourcefulness must be added.
' Conviction ', wrote Coue, ' is as necessary to the suggester as to his subject. It is this conviction, this faith which enables him to obtain results when all other means have failed. And again, ' Whoever the person may be who comes under your care, you can make something of him. Have the absolute conviction that you can make something of him J 26 (p. 38).
The therapist is no less a human being than the patient