I don't know if all therapists use similar ways to get through to a person's core or not, but I've always heard of the "peeling the onion" theory and wondered what it meant. I read this and found it interesting and it makes me wonder where my H, as well as some of the survivors here, are at in their layers:
"To help you understand the importance of the implosive layer and its role in neuroses, I will describe more completely what I consider the five layers of neurosis. The first layer we encounter is what I call the Eric Berne layer, or the Sigmund Freud layer, or the phony layer, where we play games, play roles. It is identical with Helene Deutsch's de>
It were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.