Here is what he wrote:
"Art Therapy runs into this roadblock a lot, and it is always a dilemma (for me)
to decide if we are better off playing by the rules being set up by the social scientists, or not.....You will have your own thoughts....."
Can you prove happiness by measuring and counting?
The whole connection here does not work.
You may be able to count and measure side effects of happiness, like the production of some hormones or chemicals in the brain, but since you cannot prove happiness, the side effects of happiness are meaningless, scientifically.
What makes us happy is being in the flow of who we are. This is never in words. We can indeed write books, poetry screenplays, and everything else, and this can be the activity through which we experience happiness. But the happiness and what flows are not the words. they are something else that cannot be measured but can be felt and shared. When we create with words, we interpret that flow into words. But the interpretation is not the flow.
If any result of therapy has been measured and proven to be a success, you can be sure that what was measured was not happiness, not a feeling. Not even a major change in a subconscious limiting belief.
Our fascination with comparing, counting and measuring makes us blind to what we all know but cannot measure. The scientist, who sets up the right numbers for what can be considered a success in mental health, comes home. She hugs and kisses her husband. Then she hugs and kisses her children. They say something funny and she laughs. Is this behavior the result of a scientific study?
And I love science. I am fascinated and amazed by it. I am writing this note with the help of people who counted, measured and imagined, to be able to create this machine of communication. I am thankful to them, but why? Because they made it possible for me to share what I feel and know in other ways, and I am sure you will understand me because you know it too.
The imagination that these scientists used to create this machine of communication was a crucial factor in their creation. It cannot be measured too.