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Daria Vasilenko 1, Vladimir Kucherenko 2, Viktor Petrenko 1
  • 1 Lomonosov Moscow State University, 11 Mohovaya st., Moscow, 125009, Russia
  • 2 Lomonosov Moscow State University, 11 Mohovaya st., Moscow, 125009, Russia

The Tower of Babel of Psychotherapy

2020. Vol. 17. No. 1. P. 10–26 [issue contents]
The article is devoted to a theoretical review of psychotherapy directions and description of the authors’ suggestive “sensorimotor psychosynthesis” technique, which specifics lies in the integration of suggested feelings and images, in the style of M. Erickson’s non-directive hypnosis, that requires activity from the patient in his ongoing dialogue with the therapist. Fragments of psychotherapeutic work with the patient according to the method of sensorimotor psychosynthesis are given. Various options for integrating therapeutic areas such as technical eclecticism, theoretical integration, assimilative integration and integration based on common factors are discussed. Sensorimotor Psychosynthesis is considered as a method that allows to reveal new possibilities for the integration of psychotherapeutic techniques. In particular, it is argued to be a method for integrating psychotherapeutic techniques, taking into account their relationship to the level organization of mental activity; to model human behavior in different life situations and various response options in one specific situation, including the whole spectrum of physiological, sensory, emotional and behavioral reactions. In conclusion, the authors support C. Jung’s opinion that the future of psychology and psychotherapy is to develop an understanding of human’s place in nature and the meaning of his existence. It is noted that the future of psychology is not only in the creation of new psycho-practices, not only in their integration, but also in the development of their ideological foundation. It is noted that modern psychotherapy has largely borrowed, integrated and developed psychotechnics from various religious movements. And just as religious denominations need their own "theology", scientifically explaining the meaning and purpose of human existence.
Citation: Vasilenko D., Kucherenko V., Petrenko V. (2020) Vavilonskaya bashnya psikhoterapii [The Tower of Babel of Psychotherapy]. Psychology. Journal of Higher School of Economics, vol. 17, no 1, pp. 10-26 (in Russian)
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