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therapy mistakes knowing precedes doing

emotions are mainly social, they connect to the world … therapy introverts the emotions calls fear “anxiety” …, and you work on it inside yourself. This is not to deny that you do need to go inside — but we have to see what we’re doing when we do that. By going inside we’re maintaining the cartesian view that the world out there is dead matter and the world inside is living … therapy has made a philosophical mistake, which is that cognition precedes conation — that knowing precedes doing or action. I don’t think that’s the case … reflection has always been after the event.

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