chapter  3
The Antidemonic Dialogue in Therapy
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Let us make it clear that we are not offering a new “tragic therapy” to join the hundreds of methods with which the field is already flooded. Nor are we presenting a gloomy and pessimistic outlook, as might be implied by the term tragic. We rather try to systematize the facets of a dialogue that may appear in any therapy, whenever the therapist tries to mitigate the demonic attitudes that are reflected in the client’s words. The client, of course, does not speak in explicit demonic terms. However, the outlines of what we term the demonic view may gradually become manifest, as the client describes the problem, herself or himself, intimate others, and the solutions hoped for. The picture that emerges is then black and white, the tone suspicious and hostile, the attitude militant and radical, and the goals totalist and redemptive.