Welcome to the blog of Chris Meredith, psychotherapist from Stamford, England. In this blog I shall be posting reflections on a wide range of topics related to mental health, philosophical psychotherapy and general psychology. I hope also to post regular reviews of books—and other media—that I find useful, informative and/or entertaining.
It is my hope that the reader will recognise that I aim to philosophise with intellectual humility, honesty and generosity. Famously, Socrates is reported to have said ‘all that I know is that I know nothing’. Over 2000 years later, I suspect that I know even less than him. However, it is my aspiration that the little that I do know conforms to the ideals of goodness, truth, utility and, perhaps, some measure of eloquence and simplicity. Lao Tzu said ‘beautiful words are not truthful, truthful words are not beautiful.’ He was, I believe, being critical of the flowery, over-elaborate, formal language of the Court Officals of his time. Luckily for me, I’m not writing for emperors, so I can dispense with needless excess. As is often said— KISS—keep it simple, stupid!
I hope you enjoy my blog, and find food for thought here.