Adam Blatner

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Psychological Theory: Both / And

Originally posted on February 17, 2018

J. L. Moreno, M.D. (1889-1974) was prescient in some ways; but not in others. He  was right in noticing the deficiencies of psychoanalysis, but he was biased in his own favor. Theories of psychology or psychopathology were at that time either/or not both/and, and it didn’t occur to Moreno to be more inclusive.

Moreno’s insight was towards more social aspects of psychology—breadth psych-ology (i.e., sociometry). Freud first dug into the deep psyche and others also saw great depths, and also many facets—and they were all right—; but Moreno dug into the broad psyche—and saw great breadth—sociometry—and again there are various perspectives. And other non-analytic pioneers dug into other facets. The mind is very complex and all facets need to be admitted to the dialogue. The mind is vast and far more complex than we know, even now!

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