Positive Family Therapy: The Family as Therapist by Nossrat Peseschkian

By Nossrat Peseschkian

The author's critical goal is to win over the sufferer in the course of the improvement of the "positive" facets of his psychopathology-a quandary the importance of which i've got additionally stumbled on, in particular in schizophrenic treatment. it really is during this particular experience that Peseschkian speaks of "positive" psychotherapy. His version is a striking synthesis of psychodynamic and behavior-therapeutic parts, making a necessary contribution to unified relationships inside of psychotherapy. during this approach Peseschkian is making an attempt to not at once confront the patient's resistances. The session occurs in a loving method via allusions to poetry, proverbs and oriental fairy stories and myths, to which Peseschkian, as a Persian, has direct entry. His skill to provide his sufferer a very good treasure of handed-down knowledge understands no bounds. a person who has for my part experi­ enced the author's healing enthusiasm and optimism will comprehend why this system of brief psychotherapeutic process is very profitable in its results. Professor Gaetano Benedetti, M. D.

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This latter development can be seen in many forms today as the confrontation between the traditional agrarian social forms and the industrial society. These confrontations are taking place most acutely in Third World countries and in the Middle East. Social systems, forms of production, and philosophies intermingle with cultural distinctions. A method of looking at crosscultural phenomena is thus insufficient if it only considers the large, transmitted cultures. It must also look at subcultures groups, living communities, and the family .

Basic anxieties: fear of the past - cause: injustices; treatment: pardon and forgive ness. Fear of the present-expressed through loneliness; treatment: withdrawal from the social environment and asceticism. Fear of the future-expressed through a feeling of lack of meaning and goals; treatment: prayer. Leisure Time "When my husband comes home, the food has to be ready. " "My husband relaxes best when he chats with guests. " This interpretation is narcissistically based. The one who in the family demands consideration and an undisturbed evening at the same time requires recognition by the family of his achievement.

Along with the characterizing epignetic susceptibilities for conflict and the structures of experience, there comes the content aspect by which sociopyshcological, social, and cultural factors are brought into the psychotherapy. We start with these transcultural considerations and the idea that the various individual concepts correspond in many respects to the various transcultural concepts. This enables us to interpret illnesses and disorders in various ways: Let us first take the organic illnesses-for example, a carcinoma.

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