Louis McBurney Answers Questions About The Perfect Prodigal

Isn't the whole process much more complex than this story indicates?

Although The Perfect Prodigal does simplify the procedure by focusing on one specific aspect of David's problem, and by condensing a 288-hour experience, it is an accurate and sensitive portrayal of the process of psychotherapy.

It looks as though David puts all the blame for his problems on his mother. Is this a cop-out?

It may appear that "blaming" mom is the goal of therapy and the key to healing, but it really isn't. The goal and key is to identify and deal effectively with conflict. Realizing that mom (or someone else) did in fact cause hurt is the first step toward that resolution. In a real sense, this "blaming" is saying more about self than the other person. It is admitting honestly that there is hurt inside that must be dealt with consciously. When hostility or a sense of rejection remains unconscious, there is no avenue for reconciliation. If one continues to deny the hurt, he must also deny his refusal to forgive ...

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