WHAT ARE THE APPLICATIONS OF CONFRONTATION IN PSYCHOTHERAPY?
The requirement of confrontation is absolute in therapy when a change in behavior is crucial to avert a crisis. This confrontation must take place in a friendly and supportive manner, and in the spirit of collaboration, so that the patient understands that it is the therapist’s wish to help him or her live in a new way that is more effective, productive, and gratifying. This is the type of confrontation that has made short-term therapy possible and can increase the efficiency of other therapies.
How can the therapist, through such confrontation, help the patient to overcome resistance to change, which in routine psychoanalysis takes years to “work through”? It is the acute suffering of most of the patients who seek our help that is the main source of motivation to change. Resistance to change is often overcome by suffering. Moreover, once relief from immediate pressure occurs, the patient is…
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