MAKING SENSE OF THE HELPING PROCESS ITSELF:
   originary formulation of social institutions
       and the ‘empty self’

by Andrew Phelps

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Abstract

The institutional basis of the helping process for madness is located in a social conditioning metaphor: a psychology of institutional change is derived that leans upon Vico’s (1744) parable of the originary formulation of social institutions. Four constructions serve as metaphors for the problematic of reworking the existing helping paradigm. The ‘alien team’ introduces manipulation of the content of the originary discourse. The ‘fools play’ shifts the perspective for social discourse closer to the disconnect of madness. The ‘developmental deconstruction’ models the way the ambient discourse may be rearranged in practice. The ‘brainwash genre’ reflects the operating level of helping discourse in our time. Inventing a practicum of ‘madness work’ in collaboration with the existing social movement of mental health clients is recommended.