chapter  7
22 Pages

Clinical Application of Insight

A few years ago I had the pleasure of viewing a portrait of Georges Clemenceau painted by Monet at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. I have always been fascinated with the Impressionists. From a closer perspective, the portrait was nothing more than dabs and blotches of color. But with just one or two steps back, the striking features of the fiery French leader emerged. Perspective with Impressionistic work truly makes all the difference in the world. Such is the truth with helping an individual or family negotiate the work of forgiveness in the station of insight. Family situations that appear to be unmitigated messes and hopelessly confusing might take on clearer features as the perspective on the family and relationships is shifted. This is the work of therapy in the station of insight: to shift the perspective of the individual and family to gain insight on how damage was perpetrated and is perpetuated so further damage can be prevented.