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The technological advances that are currently employed within affective neuroscience were not available to Freud, which meant that he needed to turn to an alternative framework for the development of a theoretical scheme. The evaluation of depth psychology as defined originally by Freud and his followers, varies depending on the standpoint of the observer. From the perspective of the ‘scientist’, especially within the formulation of science in mainstream psychology, psychoanalysis is not a science but an art.

Counselling psychology draws upon and seeks to develop phenomenological models of practice and enquiry in addition to that of traditional scientific psychology. It continues to develop models of practice and research which marry the scientific demand for rigorous empirical enquiry with a firm value base grounded in the primacy of the counselling or psychotherapeutic relationship. These models seek: 1. to engage with subjectivity and intersubjectivity, values and beliefs; 2. to know empathically and to respect first person accounts as valid in their own terms; to elucidate, interpret and negotiate between perceptions and world views but not to assume the automatic superiority of any one way of experiencing, feeling, valuing and knowing; 3.

Danziger (1997) presents a perceptive analysis of the political and social developments that underpinned the classification of these different parts of ‘psychology’ and the resulting search for common categories of discourse. This included the change of label of ‘behaviour’ to ‘behaviourism’ suggesting a movement rather than an investigation of fragments. qxp 11/18/2008 PHILOSOPHICAL CONSIDERATIONS 6:42 PM Page 29 29 process. As Danziger points out, it was as if the idea of ‘conditioning’ was pounced on to fill a theoretical vacuum.

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