ERIC Number: ED184187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Psychotherapy as a Rhetoric for Secular Grace.
Makay, John J.
The argument of this paper is that psychotherapy is essentially a rhetorical process that, as an alternative to or substitute for religious rhetoric, seeks to lead people to a secular state of grace. The paper first acknowledges the work of four scholars who have written about the rhetoric of psychotherapy: Erling Eng, Pedro Lain Entralgo, Lloyd Pettigrew, and Thomas S. Szasz. It next summarizes the idea of grace in both religious and psychiatric terms and then develops the idea that psychotherapeutic rhetoric is attractive because this is a psychological society in which numerous people seek a "stress free" life style. These three areas--the pertinent literature, the idea of grace, and the psychological society--are treated to provide the context and base for exploring therapeutic rhetoric as a response to a rhetorical situation, one governed in part by the use of three delineated strategies. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (65th, San Antonio, TX, November 10-13, 1979).