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ERIC Number: ED044731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Pages: 16
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Reference Count: 0
Actualization Therapy.
Shostrom, Everett L.
The author, believing that all therapies can have the goal of progessive awareness and growth toward self-actualization, discusses a multi-dimensional system of therapy based on the belief that each person is a unique human being seeking fulfillment. Actualization therapy is considered on two dimensions: (1) the philosophical dimension which includes underlying assumptions about man's nature and the actualization process; and (2) the research dimension. In this latter, the author views most psychotherapists as not adhering to a particular system of therapy, but as growing toward a unique style with definable parameters. A Therapeutic Rating Form with ten parameters is discussed and each parameter described: (1) caring; (2) ego-strengthening; (3) encountering; (4) feeling; (5) interpersonal analyzing; (6) pattern analysis; (7) reinforcing; (8) self disclosing; (9) value reorienting; and (10) re-experiencing. A study, carried out by the author, concluded that therapists tend to become emerging eclectics. The therapist so described is considered to be an actualization therapist. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention in Miami Beach, Florida, September 3-8, 1970