I don’t have a degree in psychology: My purpose for telling you that I don’t have a degree in psychology is to forewarn you that my opinions have been mostly self-taught along with a few courses that I have taken at the undergraduate and graduate level. Also to allow you to recognize that my word on the subject should not be viewed as final or all knowing.
I, for a long time, have wanted to put a slave training theory to writing. The major reason for doing so is to better express my methods of training and improve them. It occurred to me that the best way to develop an effective theory is to adapt the concepts of an existing psychological theory or theories into a slave training theory. The theory adapted, first and foremost, must agree with my own basic idea of training. This is my theory and I don’t necessarily believe that is is the best for all Masters. However, I think at least a few of the concepts could be useful to most Masters.
I established the following criteria for my adaptation. I wanted an underlying psychological theory that:
1) Has a general philosophy of life as well as being a well recognized field of study in psychology.
2) Has been around long enough to have withstood the test of time and criticism.
3) Is currently being taught at the PhD level at a University recognized by the American Psychological Association. (This allows the underlying theory that B.E.S.T. slave Training is based upon having the benefit of current studies and access to current books on the theory).
4) Is based upon more than one person’s studies and/or one book.
5) Has a future orientation since I view slave training as a long term process for the purpose of training a slave for long term service. (I also want one to understand that past life experiences effect our current behavior and not ignore them as does most behavioral and cognitive theories do).
6) Could easily accept other modern psychological concepts within it’s framework and still be true to the basic philosophy.
7) Does not focus on only one area such as behavior, cognition, or analytical but views the being as a whole.
8) Could easily be adapted to slave training and become a practical and understandable method of teaching a slave. It can be formed around the basic BDSM lifestyle concept of safe, sane and consensual . It does not rely on brutality or abuse but the consensual giving of control by the trainee to the trainer.
9) Most importantly, one I can relate to.
One of the best current books that gives an overview of many major theories of psychology is “Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy 6th edition” by G. Corey, (2001), Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Belmont, CA. This is a basic book that is used in graduate school or upper level undergraduate courses. Some of the major theories he explains are Psychoanalytic, Adlerian, Existential, Gestalt, Reality, Behavior, and Cognitive. I had studied Adler years ago, upon re-reading I realized that his theory could be adopted to my own personal beliefs.
I excluded psychoanalytic, existential and Gestalt right off the bat. Psychoanalytic is based on the teaching of Sigmund Freud. In general, he considered human nature deterministic. Little effort is given to cognitive or behavioral methods of training. I don’t like most of the theories that are direct off-springs of his teachings as well. That being said, his idea that the past plays a major role in how we behave now is not to be ignored.
I don’t particularly like or for that matter understand Existential or Gestalt theories. In my opinion, Existential theory is more of a philosophy of life than a psychological theory. The philosophy seems to be less adaptable to slave training than others. Few techniques are discussed or detailed in the theory.
Gestalt theory has some very good techniques that can be use in training and can be adapted to hypnosis. I don’t like it as an overall slave training program. Gestalt is also considered an Existential theory, but includes more techniques.
Behavior theory techniques can be adapted to slave training, but do not take into account past or future events. They also do not consider emotions or thinking. I think it is often used knowingly or unknowingly as the underlying theory by many Masters. I consider it an unacceptable underlying theory. That being said, many Behavioral techniques are very useful, if not essential, in slave training.
Cognitive theory is also very useful in slave training, but takes no interest in analytical techniques and past experiences. Cognitive theory focuses on finding faulty thinking and disputing it.
Psychoanalytic and Adlerian are two theories that seem to affect in a positive or negative way all the other theories. Many theories, including Adlerian, are in some ways responses to Sigmund Freud’s teaching and some directly state that they are opposed to his thinking.
The reason I chose the Adlerian theory is because it answers most of the criteria established above. It is less popular today than in the past as a stand alone field of study in psychology, but is still taught at the PhD level. It includes behavior, cognition and analytical teachings. Reality and Cognitive theories are based, in part, on the teaching of Adler, therefore these methods are adaptable to the Adlerian theory.
The Adlerian theory is an older theory and therefore has withstood the test of time and criticisms. Besides the writings of Adler, many books have been written about the theory.
I like the concept of goal setting, socialization, re-education and motivations as a major portion of training. I also like the idea of first we think, then we feel, then we act.
Three other theories have been molded deeply into B.E.S.T. slave Training. They are Reality, Multimodal and Cognitive. All fit neatly into the Adlerian concept because of it’s influence on them. Although the basic theory is Adlerian, the nuts and bolts (Principles) of training are geared around Multimodal theory. It provides a means of examining the complete being and establishing training procedures for each area. It focuses on behavior, emotions, sensations, cognition, self-image, interpersonal relationships and the physical body. Multimodal therapy seems a natural supplement to Adlerian theory because of its holistic approach. However, it is weak in the area of an analytic examination (examining past experiences and their affect on current behavior).
Reality therapy is where the concept of “choice decision” is derived and was adapted to B.E.S.T. slave Training. It seems weak as an overall theory because of a lack of analytic approach.
The cognitive theory woven into B.E.S.T. slave Training is Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT). It is based upon the Adlerian concept of “We first think, then we feel, then we act.”
In fairness, I should also tell you that the Adlerian theory is weak on techniques, but many techniques from other theories can be adapted into it. Adler spent most of his time teaching instead of practicing. Also the number of newer books on Adlerian theory is smaller in number than some other theories, but their are several good current books on the subject. Another point that is considered weak by many is Adler’s attention to birth order and sibling relationships (family constellation). Where he implies general behaviors to an individual based upon their birth order (oldest child, second child, middle child, youngest child, only child). I believe it can be used as a general guide, but not as an absolute fact. In my layman experience, it seems to apply to an individual, at least in part, most of the time.
The thing I like best about adapting Adlerian thinking to slave training is that it has a holistic view of the person. We train the mind, body, soul and spirit of a slave. Adler provides means and ideas that help this training process.
I don’t believe that all Masters should use this adaptation, but I do believe that some parts of it can be adapted by most Masters in their personal training methods.
As a second choice, I like Actualizing slave Training (AST) that is detailed in another article on this website. AST is not an independent theory, but an eclectic theory. It differs from most eclectic psychological methods in that it has an underlying general philosophy of life that is used to weave the techniques together into a sensible unit.
AST is the best eclectic theory that I am aware of and can easily be adapted to slave training. A weakness is that there is only one major book that combines all the techniques into this eclectic theory. “Therapeutic Psychology 3rd Edition” (1977) L. M. Brammer & E. L. Shostrom is the book I have, but their is a newer version that is currently being used in many colleges today entitled “Therapeutic Counseling and Psychotherapy” at a cost of $91 U. S. That is why I am happy with my older, out of date book.
AST integrates Gestalt, behavioral, cognitive, various humanistic influences, analytical, reality, and Adlerian thinking. It interconnects thinking, emotions and behavior and therefore is considered holistic. The focus of A.S.T. is on actualization goals and problem-solving in the present and future, but recognizes that the past can be used to help understand the present and prepare for the future.
Many readers relate to AST more than B.E.S.T. slave Training. Therefore, I will attempt to update it from time to time.
I also discuss Social Learning Theories under in an article entitled Socialization. The major Social Learning Theory written by Rotter comes under criticism in some quarters for being to general and not going deep enough. To me, it is useful for behavioral training in that it gives ideas on goals and reinforcement values.