A movement toward integration was well underway in the 1980's but now, a generation later, we still need a sensible way to organize our multiple approaches to therapeutic practice. My aim here is to show how we can see farther and communicate more clearly with some assistance from ordinary language and a liberal smattering of common sense. "... there is so much common sense in this book that it borders on wisdom" -- Gerard Egan, Ph.D., Loyola University, SEPI review of 1st printing Beginning with Sigmund Freud and continuing through each subsequent theorist, the leaders of our field closed their minds and turned their backs to ordinary language as they raced to formulate the new and purportedly more scientific languages of their theoretical leanings. Those who investigate ordinary language give us a much cheerier opinion of its practicality. Our natural language is especially rich in its coverage of human actions, mental and emotional states, personality characteristics, relationships, and families and communities, which are on the short list of our usual daily concerns. We shall see how ordinary language concepts are particularly well suited to organize and clarify the shared concerns of practicing psychotherapists.
I gratefully acknowledge Peter G. Ossorio and the ordinary language philosophers for many of the particulars here and for the general sensibleness that runs throughout the material.