WE ASSUME YOU HAVE READ Chapters 1 through 11 and have now landed here at Chapter 12—our closing effort. Our minds rang with the regular refrain offered by our mutual Italian-American friend: “Whatcha gonna do?” For sure, “What are we going to do?” was exactly what we thought as we approached this concluding chapter.
• Provide an emotional appeal? No!
• Summarize the book? No!
• Look to the future? No!
• Give some solid advice for your next steps? Yes!
Our goal for this last chapter is to offer some practical advice for moving ahead with your theory-building endeavor.
The General Method of Theory Building in Applied Disciplines Developing (Figure 12.1) has been detailed for the purpose of advancing both theory and practice. This method for assessing and developing sound theory in applied disciplines is meant to fill voids. Both scholars and practitioners have input into this successful methodology. Fusing information from both perspectives can yield a complete and accurate understanding of the realm being investigated.
In the next three cases, the consultation unfolds almost irrespectively of the parents’ contribution. Two children presenting with nightmares were freed of them, without the parents quite grasping why this should be so; the third child had a distant, but perhaps supportive mother, who was not present at the consultation.
“Mary” was clearly determined to get some help from me, and she pursued this even if her mother was baffled—if not displeased—with the course of the consultation. Like Leon (chapter four), Mary got engrossed in her pictures, and she simply produced a whole series of these, giving the impression of putting her dreams on paper. When once presenting this case, I was praised for my “intuition”, but however plausible this idea can be, I remain convinced that I can “guess” the meaning of the drawings because I look at them, from the beginning, as the representation of an image that the child wants to convey to me. In Mary’s pictures, I knew she had nightmares, and from the moment she named her picture “mummy” and explained her efforts to “make her look pretty”, I was looking out for further cues related to the mother’s state or condition. The mother was one of the most sceptical parents I have met, and seldom have I seen someone who has left a consultation feeling so upset and resentful.
Don’t let headline-grabbing financial woes put you off going to Greece. The elements that have made Greece one of the most popular destinations on the planet are still all there, and now is as good a time as ever to turn up for some fun in the sun.
That alluring combination of history and hedonism continues to beckon. Within easy reach of magnificent archaeological sites are breathtaking beaches and relaxed tavernas serving everything from ouzo to octopus. Wanderers can island-hop to their heart’s content, while party types can enjoy pulsating nightlife in Greece’s vibrant modern cities and on islands such as Mykonos, Ios and Santorini. Throw in welcoming locals with an enticing culture and it’s easy to see why most visitors head home vowing to come back. Travellers to Greece inevitably end up with a favourite site they long to return to – get out there and find yours.