WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE OF ANTI-EXPECTATION PSYCHOTHERAPY?
In dealing with resistance, the major aspect of the technique involves the therapist trying to break into the patient’s closed system. This is done by aligning oneself with the patient’s negative comments while echoing and greatly amplifying the views that the patient probably expects the therapist to oppose.
For example,this might mean initially agreeing with the resistant neurotic housewife’s complaint that she doesn’t keep her house clean enough, and possibly even suggesting that she spend more than her usual ten hours a day cleaning.Or it might mean aligning oneself, at least temporarily, with a patient’s statement that he must be defective since he is not perfect at everything he does.
When such techniques are employed, patients usually begin to find it extremely difficult to be resistive since there is no one to resist. From this position the therapist can begin to have the patient confront behavior and gain control over…
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