|HERMENEUTIC COUNSELING AND WHAT IT MEANS|
|In the pages of the Electronic Journal of Agamic
Psychology, we are publishing many articles related to the investigations of the human
mind using a variety of ACCESS tests such as Baum Test, Family Portrait Test and so forth.
Through these tests, the way of SEEING of the individual subjects are accessed and through
that their understanding itself. Another feature, particularly of the Baum Test, is that
we obtain a picture of the historical understanding of the person and hence how he
actually lives, his EXISTENCE as such. The Baum Test discloses how a person sees his own
past, the ongoing and the yet to come i.e. existence related to TEMPORAL way of Being.
Because the texts are drawings, and most often not clearly understood by the person himself, interpretations as to their meanings become an important part of such investigations. Hermeneutic Counseling emerged in the course of such studies. It was found that when the BAUMS are interpreted accurately and the person is alerted as to symbolic significance, there is considerable improvement in his personality. If initially he was troubled, depressed, disinterested, subsequent to gaining a better understanding of himself he escapes from these and begins to live more cheerfully.
Without going into the details, we can say very briefly that Hermeneutic Counseling , understands that everyone is potentially a hermeneutic scientist and that when one becomes one, he can manage his own affairs quite effectively requiring no others to solve his personal problems. Counseling within the framework of Hermeneutic Science focuses upon making one a hermeneutic scientist at least in relation to himself, in relation to self-understanding. There is no preaching, no prescriptions but only pointing the structure of his historical understanding and how they are related to his current problems and possibly also the yet to come. When a person reflects upon such truths about himself, he gains a better understanding about himself and through that a better person.
Please read the articles in the EJAP (Electronic Journal of Agamic Psychology) to gain a better understanding of it.