A Curious Calling: Unconscious Motivations for Practicing Psychotherapy

A Curious Calling Unconscious Motivations for Practicing Psychotherapy What brings you here is the standard question posed to patients at the outset of their therapeutic journey In A Curious Calling this question is posed to therapists themselves Applicants to psychothe

  • Title: A Curious Calling: Unconscious Motivations for Practicing Psychotherapy
  • Author: Michael Sussman
  • ISBN: 9780765705525
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • What brings you here is the standard question posed to patients at the outset of their therapeutic journey In A Curious Calling, this question is posed to therapists themselves Applicants to psychotherapy training programs commonly state that they wish to help people but this tells us very little What are the unconscious factors underlying the decision to become a What brings you here is the standard question posed to patients at the outset of their therapeutic journey In A Curious Calling, this question is posed to therapists themselves Applicants to psychotherapy training programs commonly state that they wish to help people but this tells us very little What are the unconscious factors underlying the decision to become a psychotherapist Guilt, compassion, a sense of moral duty, a sense of power Or a wish to be needed, or to enjoy vicariously the prospect of receiving aid and comfort For each individual with a need to help there exists a unique constellation of underlying motives and aims Without exploring and facing up to these hidden sources of motivation, therapists run the risk of exploiting patients for their own needs The only comprehensive text on this topic, Sussman s book presents a survey of motivations to practice psychotherapy, through an extensive review of the available literature and discussion of the results of a qualitative study of therapists conducted by the author.

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    1. „O chemare curioasă” este o carte de început de drum, menită să te provoace la o autoanaliză, să te facă să observi ce te aduce de fapt pe drumul psihoterapiei și ce te va menține pe această cale de vindecător. Motivațiile ascunse ale acestei profesii nu sunt doar pozitive așa cum ne-am fi așteptat (altruismul, nevoia de cunoaștere, curiozitatea, dorința de a salva) ci au un conținut latent care e bine să fie descoperit (de exemplu, în spatele dorinței de a-i ajuta pe oa [...]

    2. Basic premise is that most people entering the psychotherapy profession have a moderate to severe degree of emotional disturbance and the unconscious wish to come to terms with their own psychological conflicts. Many are able, through personal therapy, to understand and resolve their conflicts adequately, but some do not.

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