ERIC Number: ED279920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Paradoxical Intention: A Brief Description of a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Approach and Its Potential for Counselling.
Athanasou, James A.
Techniques of cognitive behavior modification such as cognitive restructuring have recently been employed in behavior therapy. Other procedures which fall within the approach of cognitive behavior therapy are techniques such as paradoxical intention which are subsumed under the title of logotherapy. Logotherapy refers to a form of psychotherapy or counseling which operates through developing a meaningful life. There is an emphasis on synthesizing psychodynamic approaches, existentialist views, and a broad learning theory or cognitive behavior modification perspective. In response to unemployment, individuals may react with wrong passivity, wrong activity, right passivity, or right activity. In cases where an active response to unemployment is limited, logotherapeutic techniques such as paradoxical intention may be used to stimulate the right passive approach to the problems of unemployment. Paradoxical intention asks clients to experience the anxiety of their unemployment and to exaggerate the tensions associated with unemployment in an attempt to assist clients in developing changes in their attitudes and reactions to stress. This approach may prove useful in addressing career guidance problems in vocational services. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Dept. of Industrial Relations, Darlinghurst (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia; Logotherapy; Paradoxical Techniques