The Practical Value of a Big-Picture, Metatheoretical, Unified Psychotherapy: Henriques' Unified Theory of Knowledge
Keywords:Unified Theory of Knowledge (UTOK); Character Adaptation Systems Theory (CAST); CALM-MO; Unification Pathway; Unified Psychotherapy; Psychotherapy Integration: Corrective Emotional Experience; Non-Linear Change Dynamics; Case Study; Clinical Case Study
This commentary begins with a brief overview of Henriques’ ambitious, meta-theoretical Unified Theory of Knowledge (UTOK), Character Adaptation Systems Theory (CAST), and his psychological mindfulness practice "CALM-MO." It also contextualizes these within the Unification Pathway to psychotherapy integration. It then proceeds to highlight key aspects of "The Case of Maggie," with particular attention to how Henriques both "zoomed out" to see the complex multidimensionality of Maggie, as well as "zoomed in" to attend to specific dysfunctional processes with specific interventions consistent with the UTOK. Among the many noteworthy aspects of this case, I highlight (1) the differential roles of cognitive approaches to thinking and reasoning in contrast to the roles of emotional experience and expression in the work of psychotherapy (corrective experiences in contrast to corrective emotional experiences); and (2) the question of the nature of changes in psychotherapy: whether they persist permanently and effortlessly, as some claim, or, in contrast, if they are more complex, non-linear, and dynamic.
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