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International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 30, Issue 2, Fall 2016

Rick A. Stephan, Omar M. Alhassoon, Ava Torre-Bueno
Pages 231-249
DOI: 10.5840/ijap201711271

Reintegration of Myth in the Socratic Method
Paradigm for Multicultural Psychotherapy

Recent studies indicate that adapting common components of universal healing practices increases the effectiveness of multicultural therapies, especially incorporating initial and reformulated myths. The Socratic method, part of an original philosophical process directed toward therapeutic goals, has long been instrumental to many psychotherapies, but limited in application to dialectical discourse. Through a rediscovery and clarification of the original integrated Socratic-Platonic method inclusive of mythmaking as well as systematic questioning, the authors argue that this new, more comprehensive model provides a foundation for increasing the effectiveness of multicultural psychotherapies.