ERIC Number: ED105306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Pragmatic Causal Distortion in Counseling. Office for Student Affairs Research Bulletin, Vol. 15, No. 9.
Strong, Stanley R.
A person's actions are caused by the interaction of external environmental forces and internal personal forces. Attributing actions to one or the other set of forces is a distorted view of cause. In therapy, attributing actions to external forces, particularly past events, relieves the client of guilt and makes sense out of his actions. Attributing actions to internal sources provides a means by which the client can change his actions by changing his ideas, interpretations of events and attitudes. Using both distortions of cause, this paper presents a method of therapy which emphasizes the client's responsibility for his actions, and develops the client as a causal agent in his own life. A six-point sequence of therapy tasks is outlined. This sequence extends from identifying undesirable actions to structuring programs of action changes beginning with small changes and systematically requiring larger changes. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Office for Student Affairs.