n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Meseron therapy : an African approach to psychological treatment

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



Meseron therapy is a psychological treatment approach of African origin that consists of a direct and holistic counter-attack on undesirable conditions. It derives from an African custom of rejecting the negative while accepting the positive circumstances of life. Based on the philosophy of "I can", and the concept of man as a striving creature, it seeks to "mobilze" the patient / client to re-assess his "perceptive capacity" as well as his "appraisal mechanism' and then positively and jointly employ his "operating facilities": thoughts, words and actions. The Meseron view of the nature of man is that man is a striving creature whose ultimate goal is ennoblement. For the purpose of striving he is endowed with appropriate psychological instruments, which develop in given socio- cultural and physical environments. With these aids, man can alter himself and environment and so over come.

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