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 Style 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. Whether this is a Positive Psychology approach, CBT, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy or even a lobotomy. This has been the experience and attitude of my clients on traditional therapy over the last decade.
This new approach is based on the premise derived from the above experience whereby those people who are high level thinkers but have regressed for whatever environmental or mental reason (i.e. from Kegan’s Stage 4 to S3) and who thus come out at TQ3 after profiling, do not actually need therapy. A normal person at Stage 3 does need therapy (or Coaching). But a higher level, self-reflective person does not.
Emotionally led therapy such as a person-centred approach (or positive psychology) will not work for them.
Instead, what they need is developmental dialogue. In essence, in our approach, we need to honour their original stage of development, not their regressed stage.
The further issue is that therapists are centred around Kegan’s Stage 3 thinking (Socialised-mind) and are not trained in cognitive complexity – or CDT – so would not know HOW to treat the regressed high level thinker. They cannot have that developmental dialogue and instead, try to shoehorn their emotional-type approaches into the process.
As a result, they gave you a little Awareness of how you are thinking / feeling, but do not offer a solution.
This perspective was borne out in the results of my 5th study. Even those people who had had therapy did not know how to “fix” their thinking about their construction of self. They knew they had habituated patterns of behaviour and unhelpful habituated emotional reactions, but not how to stop doing them. And certainly not how to counter them in any meaningful way.