Where Id Was, There Id Shall Be: The Changing View of Therapeutic Change

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 428–429. Reviews the book, The Language of Change: Elements of Therapeutic Communication by Paul Watzlawick (see record 1993-98102-000). This book provides a creative and potentially heuristic explanation of the effectiveness of these uncommonsense interventions and represents the emergence of a new paradigm for the study of therapeutic change and interpersonal influence. The book begins with the premise that a person suffers from his or her image of the world and from the contradiction between how things appear and how they should be according to this world image. Author has made-a major contribution to the psychotherapy literature. Psychotherapists and those interested in interpersonal influence will appreciate and benefit from this work. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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