There is no clear and uncomplicated way to describe what is required of psychoanalysts and psychotherapists in terms of personal characterization. Some of today's psychiatrists are biologically biased and not much interested in therapy, and some openly confess that they have no wish to become emotionally involved with their patients. Opposing sets of ideas and differing theories of operation are really not the problem, and should not be seen as illustrative of some sort of evidence that psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are inexact sciences. Rather, these oppositions may not be relevant to psychotherapy per se. When we say that the determining factors in choosing one form of therapy over another or of valuing one set of personality traits of therapists over another are basically moral issues, we are saying no more than that we are guided by certain rules and regulations that we deem correct and proper rather than merely expedient for what we do. Moral ambiguity is not likely to be resolved without attention being paid to the morality and ethics involved.
Keywords: moral ambiguity; morality; ethics; psychoanalysts; psychotherapists; patients; psychotherapy; psychoanalysis
Chapter. 2148 words.
Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates
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