What is the goal of therapy? A social worker or therapist might argue the purpose of therapy is to get people to be happier or live more successful lives. For many reasons people enter into a maladaptive pattern or get fed up with a certain way of living. People seek out professionals to talk out their problems. Shrinks and priests come to the rescue and listen in order to deceive the malady that has someone in knots. Religious leaders find god in the gaps between behavior and thought.
Say for instance, a woman develops a self-deprecating attitude that was created by the overbearing relationship she developed with her mother when she was a child. The priest looks in the gaps a set of meanings that unravels the meaning in so far it aligns to his metaphysical cognative mapping. The woman may be under the burden of some sin because she did not honor her mother. The current self-esteem becomes some kind of transcendental curse to punish her for disobeying her mother’s standards. The shrink seeks biology in the gaps. A set of neural pathways got wired in such a way where symptoms develop. The woman becomes depressed because the self-deprecating thoughts are distorting her access to a reality in which proactive self-esteem is possible. For the priest the treatment plan might be more prayer, or a couple hail Marys. For the therapist in the treatment plan is one or another path of interventions seeking to short circuit and rewire the neural pathways in order to reach a less troublesome state of being.
In the middle of Rick and Hershel building an aliance, Shane uses the situation to instill distrust in Rick’s leadership and forces the survivors to counter Rick’s authority. Suddenly a political variable comes on the scene that neither Rick nor Shane was prepared for. Sophia shambles out of the barn. Everyone freezes in indecision, which opens up space for Rick to reassert his command by making a decision. I'd argue that finding out Sophia was a zombie and Rick shooting, she acted as a therapeutic intervention which short circuited a maladaptive collective ideology. The survivors were plagued by pre-apocalyptic notions and norms of society that ceased to exist: everything turns out OK as long as you try hard enough and hope is all you need. Unbeknownst to Hershel, Rick or Shane the zombies in the barn were probably the most important factor in the farm being as safe as it was. As we find out later zombies can be used to camouflage survivors in mobs of zombies. A giant pile of zombies in a barn is a good deterrent.
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