It was during these trying times that one introductory psychology student commented in a paper, "psychology deals with either the trivial or the obvious." A graduate student whom I knew referred to the experiements published in peer-reviewed psychological journals as a "Great Wall of China," full of articles with a high degree of statistical significance but almost completely devoid of any practical significance. And a female friend commented , "They could even make sex boring!" One truism which was widely accepted among psychology graduate students was that no one else is likely to ever read your doctoral dissertation except the members of your doctoral committee, because it is their job to do so.
Finally, the late Ernest R. ("Jack") Hilgard, as a former President of the American Psychological Association and the author of several widely-adopted textbooks, was able to get away with re-defining psychology as "the science of behavior and mental life."
Today, post-modern constructionism is a position which holds that since nobody can really know what "truth" is anyway, we should help clients to put together any type of conceptual framework which helps them to make sense of their existence, regardless of the personal reality that we construct for ourselves. As long as it does not harm others, I would not hesitate to assist my clients to construct any view of themselves, the world, and the future, which helps them to relieve their distress and find meaning and purpose in life, regardless of my own beliefs about the reality of things which are fundamentally unknowable. Post-modern constructionism, however, is not a scientific point of view, but a philosophical one. And if we accept this philosophical position that in order to be successful therapists, we need to assist our clients to construct a philosophy of life which is best suited to their own personality and unique characteristics, then, IMHO, we must carry Hilgard's definition a step further, and define psychology itself as "the philosophy of behavior and mental life," which returns us to where we were in the days of ancient Greece, where someone who was depressed, unhappy, fearful, or anxious, would consult -- a philosopher!
Of course, should you choose to do so, you can use use a research-based cognitive-behavioral approach to assist your clients in constructing such a philosophy. And if this happens to be the reality that you have constructed for yourself in order to find meaning and structure in your own life, you can try to use a cognitive-behavioral approach with everyone who walks in the door. One cognitive behaviorist dismissively referred to the eclectic psychologists who tailor their approach to suit the personality and unique characteristics of every client they encounter as people who have "both feet planted firmly in mid-air." But, take it from one who sees clients from all walks of life and all sorts of circumstances, most clients do seem to prefer a therapist who is willing to talk to them about the things that really matter to them in their own life as they see it, instead of following one particular theoretical point of view.