Deciphering Motivation in Psychotherapy by David Mark Allen

By David Mark Allen

I have usually acknowledged to scholars that I felt that essentially the most very important features of a psychotherapist is the facility to tolerate ambiguity. As Allen so aptly issues out during this artistic and helpful ebook, my observa­ tion includes an implicit assumption that calls for a transparent assertion to ensure that it to be understood. prior to ambiguity should be tolerated, it needs to be well-known. The psychotherapist who accepts the shows of the pa­ tient at face price is rarely confronted with the tricky challenge of enduring the paradox that's so intrinsic to the conditions that convey many of us to therapy. during this quantity, Allen has undertaken the duty of aiding the reader to acknowledge ambiguity in all of its manifestations, to appreciate it greater, and, having understood it, to assist the sufferer to develop past it. Ambiguity, in Allen's view, arises from a dialectical clash, if it is among the self and the process, intrapsychic and entirely in the self, or social, whilst the person is tom among competing reference teams. Psychotherapy is a method wherein the dialectic will be dropped at cognizance in order that a synthesis might be accomplished. The dialectic that engages the person, and sometimes is performed out among the person and the process, parallels the fight among attachment and individuation.

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By David Mark Allen

I have usually acknowledged to scholars that I felt that essentially the most very important features of a psychotherapist is the facility to tolerate ambiguity. As Allen so aptly issues out during this artistic and helpful ebook, my observa­ tion includes an implicit assumption that calls for a transparent assertion to ensure that it to be understood. prior to ambiguity should be tolerated, it needs to be well-known. The psychotherapist who accepts the shows of the pa­ tient at face price is rarely confronted with the tricky challenge of enduring the paradox that's so intrinsic to the conditions that convey many of us to therapy. during this quantity, Allen has undertaken the duty of aiding the reader to acknowledge ambiguity in all of its manifestations, to appreciate it greater, and, having understood it, to assist the sufferer to develop past it. Ambiguity, in Allen's view, arises from a dialectical clash, if it is among the self and the process, intrapsychic and entirely in the self, or social, whilst the person is tom among competing reference teams. Psychotherapy is a method wherein the dialectic will be dropped at cognizance in order that a synthesis might be accomplished. The dialectic that engages the person, and sometimes is performed out among the person and the process, parallels the fight among attachment and individuation.

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Countertransference reactions by the therapist decrease in frequency as well. Finally, if the patient can learn to look for alternate explanations of the motivation behind various family member verbalizations, he or she can better understand and empathize with that relative. This speeds up the metacommunication tasks that the therapist assigns. I have found that looking for alternate interpretations of client speech works even better than the method of searching for logical fallacies that I have described previously (Allen, 1988, Chapter 3).

Michael Basseches, an expert in the field of adult cognitive development, believes that an understanding of this concept depends on a level of cognitive organization which does not develop in individuals until the young adult years (Basseches, 1986). He also points out that thinking dialectically can create a great deal of anxiety because it can lead to much questioning of our usual points of reference. As we shall see shortly, one of the basic tenets of dialectic philosophy is that change is constant.

6. Because individuals have an innate biological propensity to concern themselves with the survival of the species, they are willing to sacrifice themselves, or aspects of themselves, in order to further what they perceive to be the greater good of the collective. 7. When individuals find that certain differentiated aspects of self seem to threaten the immediate representatives of the species-the family system-they will attempt to suppress or even sacrifice those self-aspects. MIXED MOTIVATION AND LANGUAGE 25 8.

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