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Entries from March 2010

Immediacy Statements

March 20th, 2010 · No Comments

One of the current trends or fads in psychotherapy is the concept of “immediacy.”  Rather than concentrating on the client’s issues during session the therapist is supposed to ask questions like “How do you experience what I’ve just said?”, “Are you satisfied with this direction in our conversation?”, “How am I doing now?” and even […]

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Voice Dialog

March 18th, 2010 · No Comments

Voice dialog is a therapeutic technique devised by the psychologist Hal Stone and his wife Sidra Stone.  They elaborated on a theory of interpersonal relationships originally developed by Eric Berne.  The basic principle of voice dialog is a person may have several different “selves,” one of which is “primary.”  The subordinate selves comprise different aspects […]

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March 16th, 2010 · No Comments

The therapeutic technique known as psychodrama was developed in the mid-20th century by the psychiatrist Jacob L. Moreno as an outgrowth of his theories on interpersonal relations.  The purpose of this note is not to explain psychodrama but rather to describe two experiences I had with it recently. The first was in a group therapy […]

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In Protest of the Use of the Word “Hunch” in Psychological Diagnosis

March 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

In his textbook The Skilled Helper (9th ed. 2010) Gerald Egan develops a use of the word “hunch” as a way of formulating a core clinical hypothesis leading to a psychological or psychiatric diagnosis.  Nowhere does Egan define what he means by hunch.  A hunch is an impression something might be the case.  It can […]

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