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Marc A Fournier

PSYB30 Wednesday March 23 Lecture 18 -to a certain extent ones life story is predictable given ones traits -given characteristics we are more likely to craft one story than another -to life story cannot be reduced to ones traits or motivations -the context of the life story is more than that of their characteristics -the relationship btwn life story and psychotherapy -we can understand much of what goes on in psychotherapy from 3 different frameworks -most psychotherapists would ascribe to one of the schools of psychotherapy -the practitioners of each of these classes of psychotherapy claim that what they are doing in session differentiates them from other psychotherapists Psychodynamic Therapists -talk about the conflicts inherent in their patients -conflicts btwn id and ego, or ego and superego are all sources of symptoms within the psychodynamic patient -these conflicts produce anxiety -nature of the psyche to respond to the anxiety with defense mechanisms -when there is a conflict that overwhelms to ego capacity to cope we can deny or repress, etc. -when all of these defense mechanisms fail there is the additional opportunity of developing symptoms, and the symptom itself reps an expression of the underlying conflict -the goal is psychodynamic therapy is to serve as the therapist as a blank slate on which the patient can project all of their underlying self-conscious stuff -the patient comes in to the session screwed up and using their defenses projects their issues onto the therapist; the therapist is an object on which to project the underlying issues that the patient has -the therapist provides an interpretation of that projection -this produces some insight within the patient into the conflict that he or she has -for a brief moment the patient becomes insightful -the insight is distressing bc the whole goal of the unconscious is to keep awareness of the conflict away from oneself -the insight leads to resistance towards the therapist -the resistance becomes further transference -with repeated opportunities to experience insight the patient should be able to resolve the issues Cognitive Behavioral Therapy -there is the notion that antecedent events elicit behavs; behavs can be overt or covert
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