Justice, Love and Wisdom

Linking Psychotherapy to
Second-Order Cybernetics
Graham Barnes

ISBN 953-176-017-9

A book for psychotherapists and students of psychotherapy, for other professionals who are interested in cybernetics and laypeople who are curious about psychotherapy or cybernetics or both.

"I would dare go so far as to suggest [Justice, Love and Wisdom] may constitute one of the most important bodies of thought in Cybernetics in recent times (and I would guess, in psychotherapy)."

Prof. Ranulph Glanville PhD; Editor, Systems Research

The author's "psychotherapeutic action is not primarily oriented to the people labelled with psychopathologic diagnoses, but to the 'psychotherapy of psychotherapy' i.e. to the search for new solutions to problems of psychotherapy."

Miran Mozena M.D. from the Foreword

Justice, Love and Wisdom
Linking Psychotherapy to Second Order Cybernetics

Consider tomorrow's psychotherapy theory and practice- today

"Psychotherapy is a conversation and belongs to the science of the dialogic. That science is cybernetics, specially second-order cybernetics."

"My agenda is to speak about the tremendous social consequences of psychotherapy. The acknowledgment of these consequences bestows possibilities of another order: to develop a psychotherapy that gives every human potentiality a fair chance in society."


"It is on the 'new', rather than the 'old' (of black boxes and input/output relations), that Graham Barnes explicates his illuminating, relevantly informative, insightful and highly innovative book." "Not only is Justice, Love and Wisdom a terse and entirely lucid work, it also is well founded upon a hard scientific bed of rock. If it is possible to equate humanity with rigour, as manifestly it is, then Barnes does so. ... I have seldom had the pleasure of reading a manuscript of this excellent calibre, melding as it does the 'new' Cybernetics and the age old, yet still becoming, concerns of humanity and civilisation." "... I can vouch for the author as understanding and innovating within the framework of the 'new' Cybernetics, focused as it is upon mind (his speciality), life (maybe mediated through machinery), and their evolution."
Prof. Gordon Pask, MA, PhD, ScD, DSc
Professor of General Andragology
University of Amsterdam
Professor of Cybernetics, Brunel University

"The book's strength, for me, is in Barnes' discovery of second-order cybernetics and his ability to apply it seemingly brilliantly and with great wisdom." "I think it is wonderful and moving. And I think Graham Barnes is a very brave man: not only for the obvious-taking on difficult fields and combining them. But, much more, because I am sure he practices psychotherapy with his patients, himself taking on responsibility of madness in order that the patient may find the cure, through both of them working together, And that act of justice to the patient and to the therapist is an act of great courage and love, for who knows what risks are entailed?".

(From draft review for publication in the International Journal Systems Research)
Prof. Ranulph Glanville, PhD
University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom; Editor-at-Large, Systems Research

Graham Barnes' graduate education was at Abilene, Harvard and Boston Universities. In 1968 he founded the Fellowship for Racial and Economic Equality and in 1973, Southeast Institute. From 1973 to 1978, he also was adjunct lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry of the Medical School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A clinical member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association since 1976, he was certified by the State of North Carolina as a Marital and Family Therapist in 1981. In 1978 he began devoting considerable time to teaching in psychotherapy training programs in twelve European countries. At present a resident of Sweden, he directs Inform Lab, supervises psychotherapists, consults with corporate leaders, and commutes to Zagreb to direct the school of Psychotherapy Cybernetics in the Department of Psychiatry of the Medical School of the University of Zagreb where he also is a visiting lecturer

Essays included
Introduction: Justice, Love and Wisdom in Psychotherapy

1. Beyond Tragedy in Psychotherapy
2. Conversation of Psychotherapy in War and Peace
3. Is This 1984?
4. With Whom We Don't Know How To Talk
5. Psychotherapy of the Future Today

6. Turning Points in Psychotherapy Epistemology
7. Epistemology in Alcoholism
8. Epistemology in Affective Disorders
9. An Epistemological Study of Diagnostic Observations
10. Psychotherapy of Psychotherapy
11. Deconstruction of Psychotherapy

12. Psychotherapy in a New Key
13. How to Do Therapy in Theory
14. Hermeneutics of Hypnosis
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