chapter  Chapter 5
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A discourse on method and the dog that didn’t bark

WithChris Steed

The dog that didn’t bark in the night seemed to be missing in the classic accounts of human motivation. The struggle for human value and worth is a working assumption in contemporary life. This is evident in the demand for human rights and equality as more and more groups of people have been passed through the wall of equal value that has been breached since the Second World War. The push back against human devaluation and humiliation is deeply illuminating. However, the role of human worth and value in everyday life is less commonly brought into the theory structure of the various therapeutic approaches. The impetus to be valued and to feel valuable, the need to feel one is worth something is central to what it means to be human. The search for the deep level of the mind that is common to all humanity – the collective unconscious – looms large in this journey.