CHAPTER GUIDE - CHAPTER GUIDE: Psychotherapy is a "planned,...

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CHAPTER GUIDE : Psychotherapy is a "planned, emotionally charged, confiding interaction between a trained, socially sanctioned healer and a sufferer." Half of psychotherapists take an eclectic approach, which is a blend of therapies. More recently, therapists are using psychotherapy integration, combining the therapies into a single, coherent system. 1. Discuss the aims and methods of psychoanalysis, and explain the critics' concerns with this form of therapy, noting how psychodynamic therapists have tried to answer the criticisms. The goal of psychoanalysis is to help people gain insight into the unconscious origins of their disorders and to work through the accompanying feelings. To do so, analysts draw on techniques such as free association and the interpretation of dreams, resistances, and the transference to the therapist of long-repressed feelings. Like the psychoanalytic perspective on personality, psychoanalysis is criticized because its interpretations are hard to prove or disprove and because it is time-consuming and costly. The recent challenge to repressed memories, on which much of psychoanalysis is built, is also provoking intense debate. Today, there are few traditional psychoanalysts. Most have been replaced by therapists
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course PSY 2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '08 term at Broward College.

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CHAPTER GUIDE - CHAPTER GUIDE: Psychotherapy is a "planned,...

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