So now the latest thing is that we musn’t eat meat. But not long ago we were told that we should eat meat. Some people pointed out how that was bad for the planet, but in terms of your diet it was meant to be good. Now I guarantee you that there will be a flurry of research that “proves” that meat is good for you – or not.
The area of nutrition and diet is particularly confusing, but the imperatives and information on all sorts of other things make it impossible to get it right. Who do you follow? What should you support? How do you assess the information that comes in from all over the show? How do you resolve the many contradictions that are prevelant?
When I started off as a psychologist I felt that I didn’t know or understand what the right theory and practice were. I thought everyone else knew and that there was a big fault in me that had made me miss this vital information. Now I still don’t know or understand what the right theory and practice are, but I no longer see the fault in me. I think the fault is in there not being a right theory and practice. There are lots of demarcated areas of ideas and interests, and people talk about grand theories and clever techniques with great assurance. Neuropsychology, genetics and physiology have made big inroads to the area that we thought was ours. The solid ground of psychotherapy is a very small rock in the ocean and there are times that I feel quite close to slipping into the ocean.
You can take just about any issue under the sun, and something you thought and believed was a truth turns out to have been based on imperfect knowledge or bad science or something your granny told you. So we all go around with lots of half-baked ideas in our heads acting like we know. But we don’t. We know so little and so superficially and so imperfectly.
So, if I can’t be right and know it all, I will do what I want to do. (My home is the best place to practice this.)
And because I can’t be right and know it all, I’d best be humble and hope that tempers my doing what I want to do.