CONTINGENT AND NON-CONTINGENT THERAPIST RESPONSE

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

The present paper examines the question of whether, when, and how it is possible for the therapist not to respond contingently to varying behavior by the patient. It also considers under what circumstances such non-contingent response is desirable. Truax's (1966) classic study of Rogers' contingent behavior is reexamined. Extreme versions of Skinnerian and “humanistic” orientations are criticized, and the question is addressed of precisely where the therapist ought to try to exert his influence and where the patient's choices are “none of his business.”

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