Most forms of therapy are constantly generating their own kinds of alternative thinking (altThink) - part of the cycle of challenge and renewal that tends to arise as some practitioners coalesce around the origins, roots and 'certainties' of that form of therapy. In this respect, therapeutic modalities tend to mimic families and society at large - where radicals and reactionaries re always to be found.
Where most forms of psychotherapy started out with the search for some kind of 'scientific' certainty about the self - a self that was supposed to be autonomous and strong - they have now tended to move away from such certainty. In this respect, the first two Triarchy books in this area are exactly 'on trend'.
Nothing Special is dramatherapist Mary Booker's considered approach to the themes of fear and vulnerability. She focuses on making less the attachment to ideas of specialness and the self.
The Wisdom of Not-Knowing is a collection of essays written by a group of authors, many of whom are either psychotherapists or Buddhists, or both. It explores from many perspectives the value that is to be found in letting go of our attachment to knowledge and certainty.
Uncovering Mystery in Everyday Life: Confessions of a Buddhist Psychotherapist is about psychotherapy. Written as a collection of tales about encounters between a therapist and his clients, it reveals why many people would turn to therapy for help, what they might look for and what they might actually find.
In JUST A THOUGHT: Specialness and Ordinariness, Michelle Smith suggests that underpinning many of our hopes and fears, exaltations and humiliations are the twin desire for specialness and terror of ordinariness. This Thought offers a psychological perspective on what's going on for us.