Methods of Levels

[From Rick Marken (2005.09.11.0900)]

I want to encourage everyone who is interested in PCT to purchase a copy of _The Method of Levels_ by Tim Carey. I just received my copy yesterday and read nearly all of it yesterday afternoon. This is the book on the PCT applications that I had long hoped would be written. Everything about it is wonderful: the writing is excellent, the discussion of PCT is lucid and at exactly the right level for the presumed audience, the tone is just right and the discussion of the method of levels itself is authoritative (since Tim and others have actually been using it), appropriately skeptical and clearly (and correctly) based on PCT. TIm's discussion of several background issues -- particularly his discussion of how MOL is an attempt to get at what makes psychotherapy work when it does work --- is masterful.

I believe that the _The Method of Levels_ is a must not only for everyone who is already a fan of PCT (whether their interest is in research or application; this book makes the distinction irrelevant, as I always thought it should be) but also for everyone who is doing counseling or psychotherapy.

_The Method of Levels_ has restored my faith in the (immediate) future of PCT (I have no doubt that PCT will eventually prevail in the behavioral and life sciences). I believe this book will be of considerable interest to people in the helping professions and this will bring PCT (and the self-critical PCT orientation to getting at the truth, which is also described so well in MOL) to the attention of a new and large audience.

Pre-publication copies of _The Method of Levels_ can be ordered from Dag Forssell's LCS Publishing at:

I would say much more about this but I have to rush off (I'm already late) to see my adorable mother-in-law for her birthday. I just wanted to share my excitement with the group to thank Tim (to whom I'm copying this in care he is not on CSGNet) for the gift of MOL.



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I second Rick M's encomium about Carey's "Method of Levels." --Phil R.