**While still in Chicago, Laing was invited by some doctors to examine a
young girl diagnosed as schizophrenic. The girl was locked into a padded
cell in a special hospital, and sat there naked. She usually spent the
whole day rocking to and fro. The doctors asked Laing for his opinion.
What would he do about her? Unexpectedly, Laing stripped off naked
himself and entered her cell. There he sat with her, rocking in time to
her rythm. After about twenty minutes she started speaking, something
she had not done for several months. The doctors were amazed. ‘Did it
never occur to you to do that?’ Laing commented to them later, with
feigned innocence. (pp. 170-171)**
Can we still sit back and canker under the guise of professional ethics? In the traditional method of therapy, the therapist repackages whatever the client says and offer it back to him. Occasionally, after sensing an opening, the therapist will go a little further to challenge some of the client’s assumptions. Nonetheless, the dynamics would be nothing more different than a light tennis session, with the ball going back and forth without much emotional investment on the side of the therapist. The Golden Rule is this: One should not get sucked into the labyrinth of emotions- it will only lead to one’s downfall.