Brief Reflections: On Truth and Character

Only the strong can forgive. Forgiveness resides in an attitude, not in a phrase.

We have forgotten that truth resides not in what is said but in the quality of the man or woman who speaks. Truth is an attribute of a man or a woman, not of the language they use. 

In the same way, whether action is autonomous, that is, an expression of independence, is determined not by what particular thing is done but by the underlying attitude of the one who does it. 

Psychotherapy is concerned not with the truth of a particular formulation of words, or as such with what is done in an action, but with the underlying attitude or spirit of which the words or the action are an expression.

Author: Marcus Bowman PhD

I am a psychoanalytic therapist working in Cork.

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