Behavior and Experience: Allies, Not Adversaries

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Abstract

This paper examines the integrative developments within behavior therapy described by Neil Jacobson and within psychoanalysis described by Stephen Mitchell Both convergences and points of difference are explored. Among the points of convergence discussed are those bearing on constructivist approaches to understanding and knowledge and those concerning the corrective experience in the relationship with the therapist. Full appreciation of the degree to which the cutting edge of each of the various schools of therapy has concerned itself with promoting the acceptance and integration of feared and warded off inclinations may be a particularly useful handle for further efforts at integrating their seemingly disparate ways of conceptualizing and approaching the therapeutic task.

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