WHAT ARE THE SPECIAL METHODS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY?
course, there is no abrupt division between special and general methods. Yet
the different tendency is easily recognized, if we turn only, for instance,
from the mere sympathy and encouragement to the method of reasoning with the
patient about the origin of his special complaint. Just now the medical
profession moves along this line a great deal. Of course, no well-trained
psychotherapist will make the blunder of arguing with the insane. To dispute by
argument with the paranoiac and to try to convince him would not be only
without success, but easily irritating. This does not mean that they are not
less amateurish way ought to be taken of accepting his delusions and appearing
to be in full agreement with him.
middle way, preferably a disciplinary ignoring attitude, ought to be taken. But
it is entirely different with the mental states of the psych asthenic. The mere
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