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Is psychotherapy a vector for isolation and anomie?

Furlong, Mark 2010, Is psychotherapy a vector for isolation and anomie?, Psychotherapy in Australia, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 42-46.

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Title Is psychotherapy a vector for isolation and anomie?
Author(s) Furlong, Mark
Journal name Psychotherapy in Australia
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 42
End page 46
Publisher Psychoz Publications
Place of publication Kew, Vic.
Publication date 2010-02
ISSN 1323-0921
Summary A key traditional question the client learns in the conventional psychotherapies is ‘Am I getting what I want?’. But can this question incite a mindset that does not align with the ‘give and take’ essence of sustainable everyday relations? Is it possible that the psychotherapies—if these practices can be bundled together—might teach clients to become more self-centred and relationally illiterate? MARK FURLONG suggests that well-intentioned practitioners can inadvertently de-empathise, ignore or even disrupt their clients’ intimate networks. Findings from his research support the proposition that the action of the mainstream therapies tends to undermine the service users’ prospects for sustainable personal relationships. Exceptions were found in the specialist settings of paediatric and aged care, and in narrative and family therapy practice.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2010, Psychoz Publications
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042517

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