PSYCHOTHERAPY: THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE A PSYCHODYNAMICIST LOOKS AT MODERN BEHAVIOR THERAPY*

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

There appears to be a growing rapprochement between psychotherapy based on psychodynamic principles and behavior therapy. Both, in the final analysis, are concerned with the elucidation of the psychological processes by which personality and behavior change is brought about.

This article delineates areas of convergence, with special reference to the “treatment package,” patient variables, and the therapeutic interaction.

Psychotherapy of all varieties is made up of learning, unlearning, and relearning experiences which can be mediated in many different ways. The task of the future is to spell out the conditions that promote or impede such learning. As we succeed in specifying and refining these conditions, psychotherapy will become a better clinical art and a better science.

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