This entry discusses the precursors to contemporary therapies. It is very helpful for therapists to have knowledge of the roots of their profession. Since the earliest times humans, being social creatures, have been sitting together, discussing matters of suffering along the continuum of birth, life, and death. Such dialogic practices, later dubbed, ‘talking cures,’ and what is now called ‘therapy,’ had the intent of alleviating human suffering.
Cohen, A. & Bai, H. (2016). Ancient and medieval sources of therapy. In H. Miller (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of theory in psychology (pp. 29-30). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781483346274.n15
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