Martin Seager argues that the scientific paradigm underpinning our mental health culture is deeply flawed. The medical model, with its emphasis on the physical and material, has been allowed to dominate our understanding of mental health and illness at the expense of the mind. Instead of being factored out as subjective and therefore ‘soft’, the mind should be factored in to scientific research. Seager argues for a marriage of mind and body, of the objective and subjective, in a genuinely holistic approach to researching and finding ways to help people who have been psychologically damaged. We need a new science that gives equal weight to meanings and relationship and the work of counsellors and psychotherapists alongside medical treatment. Read the full article: Therapy Today – The Online Magazine for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
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