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By Ian Macnaughton

The forces that improve the self—somatic, emotional, psychological, interpersonal, social, and spiritual—must all be thought of via therapists in treating any sufferer. each one article during this very important anthology offers indirectly with those quite a few parts. The writing is targeted at the body-mind connection, exploring the practices and theories of this well known department of psychology. issues comprise the importance of family members structures; facing trauma and surprise in remedy; and the significance of respiring, delivering worthy insights for the scholar and practitioner alike. participants comprise Marianne Bentzen, a coach in Somatic Developmental Psychology; Peter Bernhardt, a professor of psychology; and Peter A. Levine, writer of Waking the Tiger.

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Each scientist works in a small comer of the total field from a minutely conceived conceptual-observational position, trying to convince others that all the rest is wrong or inconsequential. The proponents of each position create their own idiosyncratic theory languages, organizations, and publication media. The result is a babel from which no general sense can be made. The necessary steps for the advancement of such a science are establishing connections among its diverse and competing parts, translating the idiosyncratic languages into common idioms, creating larger groups of cooperating scientists out of the competitive cliques, developing common ideas about general problems, formulating a conceptual methodology that rationalizes and relates the different methods employed in the different positions, creating an explicit philosophy in which the establishment of unified knowledge becomes a central goal, and finally creating through these various means a large body of fact, theory, and method that is unified and consensual for a large proportion of its members.

Positivism produced a guiding framework that resulted in abundant productivity. But it did not provide a means of handling that productivity in a way that would make articulated, generally meaningful sense. Nor did the framework provide a foundation of interest for the problems of unification. So the deluge of knowledge has continued without respite, in ever increasing volume, without any means of channeling the flood. 1 • Unified Positivism: Philosophy for the Revolution to Unity 31 That circumstance itself creates a tension which has been described in many ways-as aimlessness and lack of direction, excessive diversity, the failure of positivism, the triviality of experimentation, the need for theoretical meaning, the failure of grand theorizing, the need to divide psychology.

Specialization in a unified science comes about because more penetrating and more detailed study is thereby possible. In 1 • Unified Positivism: Philosophy for the Revolution to Unity 23 contrast, specialization in psychology results in good part from the need to reduce the disparate elements with which the individual scientist must be familiar. There are so many publications and sources of publication that today's psychologist must specialize narrowly because otherwise keeping up with the literature is patently impossible.

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