Adult Personality Growth in Psychotherapy by Mardi J. Horowitz

By Mardi J. Horowitz

This ebook will extend your healing repertoire. as soon as crises were resolved, the clinician and sufferer discover what can switch on the way to elevate the patient's capacities for stability, concord and pride. grownup character progress raises self-awareness, amplifies capacities for life like social cognition and decreases avoidances. the result is the success of a much wider variety of secure emotional expression and mastery of prior traumas and losses. the 3 components of this ebook are on identification, relationships and keep watch over of emotion. The chapters illustrate how commentary, formula and procedure are associated in a continuous strategy of deepening realizing. Vignettes supply examples of what the therapist can say to assist a sufferer, specifically at tough instances in therapy. it is a state-of-the-art paintings integrating components from quite a few colleges of psychotherapy and reports of grownup improvement. It hyperlinks theories to pragmatic recommendations and should entice either trainees and skilled clinicians.

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The patient who shifts explosively into the self-state that looks feeble is different from a patient who gradually gets into discussing a topic about which they feel weak, and then resume their postures and dialogue of poise. Smooth transitions occur with higher levels of self-organization, while explosive and major changes in self-presentation and self-experience occur with lower levels of functioning. Such formulations lead the therapist to make trial interventions, then observe what works best in the present phase of therapy.

How can values within self be harmonized by readjustments? These issues involve emotions ranging from pride to shame, and the potential for the latter must be safely contained in therapy before the ideas can proceed towards mastery and self-actualization. Attention focusing is gradually advanced. The therapist views an intervention as an experiment. The reactions of the patient are the results. Were the actions helpful or not? The therapist may assess whether the patient understood (1) what was said by the therapist, and (2) why the therapist made the statement.

Psychotherapy can modify existing personality characteristics that cause social and occupational dysfunction as well as personal suffering. This process of modifying personality structure involves new learning experiences and can be supported by a deeper understanding of the patient’s relationships with the therapist and others, in addition to an appreciation of the self’s inherent complexity. The benefits of personality growth include a more coherent identity; increased capacity for richer, deeper, and more enduring relationships; and improved emotional control, including tolerance for negative feelings such as fear and sadness.

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