In this paper I question and critique the central role allocated to 'the interpretation' in psychoanalytic treatment. We are inclined to think
that when we manage to put feelings into language, then this is a developmental and therapeutic achievement. Whilst this is true to a large
degree, I will argue that it is also true that in this moment something else is lost, through which experience itself becomes impoverished.
I will draw on Iain McGilchrist’s neuropsychological insights regarding the relationship between the right and left hemispheres as
described in his book The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World.
I will use these insights to think about the human condition as well as clinical technique. More specifically, I will question the conventional
belief that it is beneficial to the therapy when the analyst takes a position that is objective, detached and neutral in relation to the individual
in therapy as well as the therapy group itself. I conclude that it is more helpful for the therapist to be engaged rather than removed, and
for the therapist’s attitude to be more in the direction of ‘being with’ rather than of ‘doing to’.
Soul-Searching, Soul-Making & Soul-Breaking:
Neuroscience, Psychotherapy & the Soul
The Limbus Critical Psychotherapy Conference
Farhad Dalal PhD has been a psychotherapist and Group Analyst in private practice for almost thirty years; first in London, now in
Devon, UK. He is a Training Group Analyst and supervisor for the Institute of Group Analysis, London. He also works with organizations.
Currently, he is Visiting Professor and at the PhD School, Open University of Holland. Previously, as Associate Fellow, he was a faculty
member of the Doctoral programme at the Complexity and Management Group within the University of Hertfordshire’s Business School.
He has been studying and writing on the themes of psychotherapy, discrimination, equality and diversity for over twenty five years. He
has published three books to date. Taking the Group Seriously (1998) argues against individualism and for the relational nature of human
life. Race, Colour and the Processes of Racialization (2002) he focuses on the causes of the hatred of Others in general and racism in
particular, His most recent book Thought Paralysis: The Virtues of Discrimination (2013), is a constructive critique of the Diversity and
His current interests are divided between contributing to the critique of CBT as well as the role of ethics in organizational life and the
practice of psychotherapy.