*** This is a speculative concept ***

A growing number of people are interested in the Constructed Development approach to therapy as they see the benefit of raising one’s awareness of how we construct ourselves, our thinking and the resultant behaviour.

Traditional therapies are not interested in modelling out the construction of one’s thinking in the moment, preferring instead to impose the model of the world they learned in university onto each patient. This has been the experience and attitude of my clients on traditional therapy over the last few years.

The image below shows all ten profiles (anonymously) with their TQ score minus their slf-report score.

The data from my fourth study has revealed that those particpants who were very low on self-awareness (being 2 standard deviations from the norm) when compared with their actual TQ scores, that this could be (might be, is possibly) indicative of a pre-existing mental health issue. There are a number of people who score this way and although the number is not large enough to warrant a verifiable result, it is high enough to warrant an hypothesis that requires further testing. The hypothesis is: if your self-report TQ score is 2 standard deviations or more under your verified TQ score, you are at risk of having some form of mental health issue related to sense of self, esteem, self-worth and so on. This will be tested by Dr Darren Stevens in the coming months.

With a different awareness of how we construct our own thinking in the moment, the type of remedial actions required are different to the standard therapy routes. My research shows that we can impact our choice in the moment to offer a better choice of outward behaviour. This is the foundation of Constructed Development Theory in that it utilises the Four Pillars of CDT to raise an individual’s Dynamic Intelligence for qualitatively better decision-making. This is, in essence, the foundations of a new therapeutic psychodynamic approach.

CDT is thus different from traditional therapy. CDT radically changes how we think about therapy as it ensures the suitability of the therapist for the patient by ensuring the therapist’s Dynamic Intelligence is at least a level higher than the patient’s to begin with.

This is not a system that is applied to the patient, as is often the case, but one that is pulled from the patient in order to tease out their construction of self, in a Real-Time Modelling approach. In this way, we move away from the ideas of traditional therapists entirely, towards a more Interventionist approach.

By utilising a method of RTM that emphasises a developmental dialogue (i.e. not therapy) to tease out a client’s thinking construction in the moment, and writing down key phrases they use, it is possible to ask the client to place those phrases on a corresponding Development Grid reference in order to ascertain their own perceived level of development for their own language. This then allows the CDT Interventionist to ask the most appropriate developmental questions.

Having the client tell the Interventionist where their thinking stands developmentally is not how current therapy works. Can you see the shift in the dynamic?

It is only when the primary intention is brought into awareness and reduced by choice, are other intentions able to be brought into awareness and eventually our habituated responses to situations diminished.

However, although we strive for choice in our thinking and behaving, we must be conscious of the need for the system to seek and create future habituated thinking out of our new choices. This understanding should encourage continual growth within our patients.

If you are interested in talking part in the next stage of my theory construction in a therapy environment, do get in touch.