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ERIC Number: ED134898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
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Creative Imagery in Marital Counseling: An Outgrowth of Adlerian Concepts.
Stranges, Richard J.
Adlerians believe that change of any lasting value has a fundamental dependency on the client's awareness of how he incorrectly processes data in his life; he must develop the insight necessary to correct the errors in his life style. Also, the therapist must know the goals of the client's behavior in order to make relevant comments in therapy. While Adlerians emphasize the relationship with the therapist as the vehicle for bringing the client to important insight they are cognizant of the fact that the client often attempts to gain control of the treatment, sometimes by dwelling on his pain or by threatening impending disaster. An Adlerian technique, often written and spoken about, is called "imagery." The purpose of this technique is to help the client understand the reasons for his maladaptive behavior to gain greater insight into the manner in which he is processing data. Generally, the process is one in which the therapist associates the life style behavior which the client either appears to be unaware of or is aware of yet unwilling to change with some concrete image or example of this behavior. This procedure is particularly useful in helping couples or one member of an intimate relationship to make life decisions. Case examples are presented. (Author/KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Best copy available; Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1976)