By Barry Guinagh (auth.)
The beginning of this publication is going again to the autumn of 1971. i used to be starting my fourth 12 months as an Assistant Professor of academic Psychology on the collage of Florida while I turned depressed. I went into psychotherapy, and after a lot emotional discomfort, discovered to grieve for my handicapped son. whereas in treatment I learn largely in hopes of figuring out and supporting myself; after my restoration, I endured my curiosity in psychotherapy at a qualified point. In 1975, I attended a workshop via Albert Ellis on rational-emotive remedy and was once inspired by means of his strategy. i made a decision to review rational psychotherapy with Maxie Maltsby on the collage of Kentucky. After four months I again to the Uni versity of Florida, educating classes within the zone of character and commencing to write this booklet, which at the moment was once to be in basic terms concerning the rational method of switch. even though, via early 1978, i used to be depressed back. I again to my unique therapist, who had lately turn into attracted to a edition of primal remedy. i discovered this treatment very robust and long; 2 years later, i finished the ther apy, feeling healthy, yet not sure what to make of my adventure. I nonetheless stumbled on the guidelines in rational remedy priceless, yet used to be convinced that cathartic methods have been additionally useful. I again to writing the e-book, this time trying to clarify how those diverse methods might either be therapeutic.
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Lucy R. revealed that two months earlier, a lady friend of hers came to visit and on leaving kissed the children on the lips. The father said nothing to the visitor, but was furious at Lucy R. This happened at a time when she believed that he was in love with her, but this incident dashed her hopes. There is no mention in this case of any expression of emotion. Freud refers to a distressing scene, but does not tell whether Lucy R. became emotional or not. It would seem that if the expression of emotion was central to Freud's practice, he would have reported in detail the amount and type of emotion she expressed.
The case of Rick shows the difficulty of making such changes. Rick probably has a basic negative opinion of himself which is accentuated when his girlfriend dates other men. Through therapy he may develop a new cognition that says that he is an "OK human being" with as much right as anybody else to enjoy life and that if his girlfriend dates other men, that does not prove he is worthless. Such a new cognition will not easily replace the negative view of himself. What if his girlfriend does like her other male friends better?
This is the approach discussed thus far in the chapter. Ellis, a leading proponent of this approach and founder of rational-emotive therapy, describes this approach as follows: The rational-emotive therapist-often within the first session or two of seeing a clientcan almost always put his finger on a few central irrational philosophies of life which this client is vehemently propounding to himself. He can show the client how these ideas inevitably lead to his emotional problems and hence to his presenting clinical symptoms, can demonstrate exactly how the client can forth-rightly question and challenge these ideas, and can often induce him to work to uproot them and to replace them with scientifically testable hypotheses about himself and the world which are not likely to get him into future emotional difficulties.
Catharsis and Cognition in Psychotherapy by Barry Guinagh (auth.)