Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2009

Abstract

Many counselor conceptualizations of client issues as well as interventions with clients are replete with binary thinking. The subtle result can be a type of management of clients which serves to both create change on some levels and to thwart change on other levels. Clearly, this is in direct opposition to the fundamental tenets of professional counseling. Dialectical thought is defined as the "developmental movement through forms." Dialectical thought is a type of "both/and" thinking that includes binary thought as a subset of advanced systems theory. In essence, dialectical thought puts motion into the binary thought process. This article will provide information about the concept of the Managerial Class and use the concept to structure a discussion that examines binary and dialectical thinking in counseling. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how binary thinking reinforces status quo and how dialectical thinking can help transform change in both counselor and client. Readers will learn about the concept of the Managerial Class and its presence in the counseling profession; what binary thinking is and how it is infused into the counseling profession through the Managerial Class; how binary thinking potentially serves to alienate counseling clients- especially, racioethnic minorities; and about how dialectical thinking offers new perspectives to embrace diversity.

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