A Curious Calling: Unconscious Motivations for Practicing Psychotherapy

A Curious Calling: Unconscious Motivations for Practicing Psychotherapy

by Michael B. Sussman
     
 

"What brings you here?" is the standard question posed to patients at the offset of their the rapeutic journey. In A Curious Calling, this question is posed to therapists themselves. Applicants to psychotherapy training programs commonly state that they wish "to help people"-but this tells us very little. What are the unconscious factors underlying the decision to… See more details below

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"What brings you here?" is the standard question posed to patients at the offset of their the rapeutic journey. In A Curious Calling, this question is posed to therapists themselves. Applicants to psychotherapy training programs commonly state that they wish "to help people"-but this tells us very little. What are the unconscious factors underlying the decision to become a psychotherapist Guilt, compassion, a sense of moral duty, a sense of power? Or a wish to be needed, or to enjoy vicariously the prospect of receiving aid and comfort? For each individual with a "need to help" there exists a unique constellation of underlying motives and aims. Without exploring and facing up to these hidden sources of motivation, therapists run the risk of exploiting patients for their own needs. This book presents a comprehensive survey of motivations to practice psychotherapy through an extensive review of the available literature and discussion of the results of a qualitative study of therapists conducted by the author.

About the Author:
Michael B. Sussman, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876685167
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1992
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.23(h) x 1.22(d)

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