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ERIC Number: ED127493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 8
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Human Institutions and Values: Report on a Symposium.
Arnold, Roger S.
This paper examines the values of society's basic institutions such as the family, the school, religion, business and government from the psychotherapist's point of view. Dr. Donald J. Tyrell states the problem: "the person suffers harm from the institution; he seeks help from the psychotherapist to undo the damage; he returns to the institutional setting and the hard-won psychological gains are gradually eroded so that he again returns to the therapist or gives up." In an effort to determine if and why the stated values of an institution are generally inoperative, the author invited one representative from several major institutions, and asked each the following questions: (1) What are the core positive values that you try to promote in your institution? (2) Has your work necessitated an actual shift in priority with regard to the interpretation and implementation of these values?; and (3) What are the negative values operative within your institution? The author concludes that the vicious circle described does not originate from the basic value structure of the institutions but from failure of the leaders and members of these institutions to realize them authentically and responsibly. (Author/HMV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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