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Living Without Guilt and/or Blame

Conscience, Superego and Psychotherapy


Ben Neal Ard, Jr.

Dr. Ard surveys the history of ideas in psychotherapy and also in religion and philosophy about the subject of guilt and blame. He documents from widely surveyed sources the various stances psychotherapists and the average person have taken with regard to the goals of therapists with their clients regarding guilt and blame. A critique of Freud's ideas about superego is documented along with a survey of various psychotherapists views and then Dr. Ard reveals in a verbatim case how a psychotherapist may help a client eliminate guilt feelings and blaming tendencies.
Contents: A critical evaluation of why people feel guilty and blame others or themselves for their problems in living. Suggests alternative views of conscience and superego in psychotherapy, demonstrates how «Guiltectomy» might be conducted in therapy.