Following are sample questions for interviews with Dr. Ryan:

  • Why do you say that the therapist’s love for the patient is one of the most essential ingredients of effective psychotherapy? Does that mean that theories and techniques are unimportant?
  • For many people it is easier for them to forgive others than it is to forgive themselves. Why is that? How can therapists help patients to forgive themselves?
  • Why do you say that major life dilemmas cannot be resolved at the level of consciousness at which they exist?
  • It doesn’t make any rational sense that people block love when it is offered to them. Yet it happens frequently. Why is that and what can be done about it?
  • Why do therapists, who are very good at taking care of their patients, often have a hard time taking care of themselves?
  • Gentle, consoling touch is one of the most ordinary and effective human responses to people who are suffering. In what situations and with what patients is consoling touch the right therapeutic action?