SERENDIPITY IN PSYCHOTHERAPY

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Serendipity: “The gift of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.” Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, p. 791. An illustration of valid psychological performance in a situation where the presenting, distressed subject was not the seat of pathological condition. The subject's distress led to the discovery of the actual pathology in two other subjects in the complex. The presenting subject required emotional and community supports. The subject's parents required treatment. A suggestion is made that the day of the general practitioner who served purposes beyond those of ordinary medicine is not ended, just inherited by a more sophisticated practitioner, namely the psychologist.

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