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Entries from October 2009

Review of “Messages – The Communication Skills Book” by Matthew McKay and Martha Davis

October 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The premise of this book is that communication skills are not intrinsic or innate. Rather they can be developed with conscientious effort and practice. Doing so will improve one’s ability to speak and listen to others. The combination of these two elements in turn will improve one’s personal effectiveness as well as the caliber and […]

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Personality Theories Explained – Part I

October 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Theories of Personality Criteria for a good theory include: (1) an empirical basis, that is, it is verifiable and falsifiable; (2) it results in testable hypotheses; and (3) it creates the possibility for client change. Theories are informed by perspective and experience. There are judgments and values built into any theory. Some of these are […]

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What is “Transference”?

October 6th, 2009 · 10 Comments

As classically defined by Sigmund Freud it is a form of projection. The client redirects her feelings about some significant person in her past from that person onto the therapist. Thus for example if the client feels anger towards one of her parents the client pretends the therapist is that parent then starts getting angry […]

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Alfred Adler’s Concept of “Social Interest”

October 3rd, 2009 · 17 Comments

One of Adler’s key concepts is that of social interest. “Social interest” in German is “Gemeinschaftsgefuhl,” which translates as “community feeling,” as opposed to one’s private interests or concerns. One’s “style of life” is the set of construals and personal narratives one has devised in order to cope with being-in-the-world. If one has social interest […]

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