Meseron Therapy

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Abstract

Meseron therapy was developed by Alfred Awaritefe in 1995, the word Meseron is an
Urhobo word which means “I reject it”. The core component in Meseron therapy is the
power of the spoken word which cuts across cultural and religious boundaries. A general
opinion is that words are powerful; they can make or mar, indeed, life and death are said to
lie in the tongue. [Prv. 18:21] The Urhobos characteristically reject the unwholesome by
saying “Meseron” i.e. “I reject it” at the mention of anything unwholesome. Incidentally this
practice has found its way into conventional expression among Nigerians as reflected in an
increased sensitivity to reject the unwholesome, unwelcome and unpleasant with phrases like
“I reject poverty”, “I reject ill health” “it is not my portion” “God forbid” and so on. This
widespread “I reject it” mind-set makes Meseron therapy a viable tool in clinical practice if
well harnessed. Meseron therapy possess therapeutic strength and value with its undertone of
optimism and resilience. However, Meseron therapy does not subscribe to empty optimism,
the flipside of rejecting the unwholesome is accepting the wholesome. Research evidence
abound on its use in therapeutic interventions like the management of fear, emotional
disorder, as an antidote to stress etc. Meseron therapy also compares favourably well with
western therapies of cognitive and motivational perspectives. This paper attempts to expose
the rich theoretical viewpoints of Meseron therapy with the hope that its use in research/
clinical practice will be further enhanced.

 

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Meseron therapy was developed by Alfred Awaritefe in 1995, the word Meseron is an
Urhobo word which means “I reject it”. The core component in Meseron therapy is the
power of the spoken word which cuts across cultural and religious boundaries. A general
opinion is that words are powerful; they can make or mar, indeed, life and death are said to
lie in the tongue. [Prv. 18:21] The Urhobos characteristically reject the unwholesome by
saying “Meseron” i.e. “I reject it” at the mention of anything unwholesome. Incidentally this
practice has found its way into conventional expression among Nigerians as reflected in an
increased sensitivity to reject the unwholesome, unwelcome and unpleasant with phrases like
“I reject poverty”, “I reject ill health” “it is not my portion” “God forbid” and so on. This
widespread “I reject it” mind-set makes Meseron therapy a viable tool in clinical practice if
well harnessed. Meseron therapy possess therapeutic strength and value with its undertone of
optimism and resilience. However, Meseron therapy does not subscribe to empty optimism,
the flipside of rejecting the unwholesome is accepting the wholesome. Research evidence
abound on its use in therapeutic interventions like the management of fear, emotional
disorder, as an antidote to stress etc. Meseron therapy also compares favourably well with
western therapies of cognitive and motivational perspectives. This paper attempts to expose
the rich theoretical viewpoints of Meseron therapy with the hope that its use in research/
clinical practice will be further enhanced.

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