Theory Critique: Wilson

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Theory Critique: Wilson Joff Hall Liberty University Summary of the Content In her book Hurt People Hurt People Dr. Wilson (2001) expresses the concept of unseen wounds and how to break a cycle of hurt begetting hurt within the therapeutic relationship and on the path toward health, well being, and wholeness. Dr. Wilson (2001) explains how “we wound ourselves and others with the self protective maneuvers we chose early in life” (pg. 124). The author begins her book with an examination of unseen wounds and deep seated roots that emerge within one’s childhood, family patterns, and social experience during their upbringing. Wilson describes systems of hurt that have developed from within one’s experience (particularly from childhood) that lend themselves toward systems of hurt being repeated and or cycled throughout the individuals continuing life. Furthermore she expresses that the abused often become the abuser as well as continue to be abused, suggesting a prolific cycle of hurt. The author summarizes, what we live with, we learn, and what we learn we practice, what we practice we become, and what we become has consequences (Wilson, 2001). She continues to suggest the hope and strength found within Jesus Christ as counselors are used by God to assist in the healing process as it is found within the therapeutic environment. Wilson expresses the powerful work of God within the counselor as wounds are revealed mindsets are corrected and beliefs are centered on God’s revealed truth and hope is fulfilled within the client. She reveals that self awareness and honest assessments are the elements of hard work that counselors partner with while clients work through the hurts that have shape them and make choices to be shaped by God’s truth and the healing truth of His love. Personal responsibility and social responsibility are some of the inferred aspects in regard to

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