Finally, at last, a therapeutic psychology that sees, honors, extolls, concentrates on the very best, the very highest qualities available to the human being. What counseling should be about -- developing strategies with patients to inwardly find the ever-present virtues, ideals, deep human longings, and bring them into the world in concrete and practical ways. Soul as action!
Drawing on the work of James Hillman and Alfred Adler -- but equally on the great thinkers of the Catholic tradition, such as Hilaire Belloc, George Bernanos, Frederick Willhelmsen and Jean Leclereq -- Randolph Severson develops a view of the highest in humanity. An archetypal psychology of what we can become: the human soul as act of Honor, and the archetypal patterns within which such qualities can be found -- exemplified by the Roman tradition of "Humanitas" -- ancient, and ever new.
You will find in this book what you have always hoped psychology would address -- responsibleness with soul, stewardship, sacrifice, reverence, service, a sacramental view of reality, the deepest sense of family, nobility, mystery, dignity -- the martial qualities needed to live these ideals as realities, and the strategies to achieve them. A most remarkable writing, written in the deep Catholic tradition of rhetorical flourish, filled with stories of compassion and the action of love. There has never been a psychology like this!