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Discursive therapy: why language, and how we use it in therapeutic dialogues, matters 

Discursive therapy: why language, and how we use it in therapeutic dialogues, matters
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Discursive therapy: why language, and how we use it in therapeutic dialogues, matters
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Tom Strong

and Andy Lock

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199592753.003.0001
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date: 21 September 2018

On the face of it, it appears a well-founded and motivated orthodoxy. Adopting a scientific perspective ensures that knowledge and practice can be aligned with reality. Given that all living humans have the same biological nature, then mental disorders, like physical illnesses, will exhibit discrete, universal categories. Western scientific understandings of illness are better founded than those they have replaced in the history of our own culture, and are therefore more likely to be effective in treating disorders in other cultures, as opposed to indigenous practices of spirit-healing, witchcraft, shamanism, and the like. After all, it stands to reason. It is against this background that the discursive therapies we introduce in this book have developed. We will look first at the general intellectual landscape that has contributed to this development.

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