How People Change: Inside and Outside Therapy by Rebecca Curtis (auth.), Rebecca C. Curtis, George Stricker

By Rebecca Curtis (auth.), Rebecca C. Curtis, George Stricker (eds.)

In the parable of Daphne and Apollo, Cupid fired arrows: one inflicting flight from love, the opposite passionate appeal. Cupid aimed his first arrow at Daphne, a stunning nymph who enjoyed her freedom; the following struck Apollo, who lusted after Daphne. Daphne, nervous and motive upon virginity, fled Apollo yet was once not able to run quickly sufficient. while her energy used to be virtually long gone, she sought defense within the customary waters of her father's river. He replied her prayers: Her hair turned leaves, and her ft, roots growing to be into the floor; she used to be remodeled right into a laurel tree. Apollo, kissing the sprouting bark, pledged to honor Daphne through putting a laurel wreath at the head of each hero who received a victory. not able to ward off the implications of the arrow that wounded her, Daphne referred to as upon the river, the artistic strength of either nature and time-a image of fertility, but additionally of oblivion-to support her live to tell the tale while her energy used to be long gone. Daphne's internal triumph within the face of damage is an acceptable sym­ bol for the categories of transformation witnessed by way of psychologists. In his publication on symbols, Circlot (1962, p. 173) writes that the crowning of the poet, artist, or conqueror with laurel leaves "presupposes a sequence of internal victories over the destructive and dissipative impression of the basest forces. " additional, the tree "denotes the lifetime of the cosmos: its consistence, progress, proliferation, generative, and regenerative techniques" (Circlot, 1962, p. 328).

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GOLDFRIED gether quite different. For those of us interested in psychotherapy integration, the question then becomes how to break down the stereotypes. According to the advice that we get from Aronson (Chapter 8), two factors are required. First, we need direct contact between the individuals who stereotype each other, and second we need a cooperative rather than a competitive set in the way we approach the entire task. In his chapter on the jigsaw classroom, Aronson has described the impact of direct experience plus cooperation as a way of changing the system.

A review of various descriptions of the change process (Goldfried & Padawer, 1982) suggests the following common principles: (1) The facilitation of expectations that psychotherapy will be helpful; (2) the existence of an optimal therapeutic relationship; (3) the offering of feedback for purposes of increasing the patient's/client's awareness; (4) the encouragement of corrective experiences; and (5) the emphasis on continued reality testing. EXPECTATIONS THAT THERAPY WILL HELP To some extent, patients/clients, particularly if they are selfreferred, will enter therapy with some degree of expectation that they can be helped.

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