The intersubjective perspective and the client-centered approach: Are they one at their core?
Journal/Book: Psychotherapy. 1996; 33: 3900 E Camelback Rd #200, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Amer Psychological Assoc, Div Psychotherapy. 30-42.
Abstract: This article reviews the change from a one-person to a two-person psychology in psychoanalysis. In particular, Robert Stolorow's intersubjectivity theory is presented and then contrasted with the client-centered approach to therapy. It is concluded that contemporary client-centered therapy is a two-person psychology, and that well-trained client-centered therapists do reflect on their own subjectivity and how it influences the client. With their important similarities it seems that the client-centered and self psychology approaches to therapy are one at their core. Self psychology has more elaborate theorizing about the therapy process, while the client-centered approach is interested in applying its principles outside of therapy so that people can live more constructively.
Note: Article E Kahn, CUNY Queensborough Community Coll, Dept Social Sci, New York, NY 11364 USA
Keyword(s): SELF PSYCHOLOGY; PSYCHIC REALITY; ROGERS,CARL; THERAPY; PSYCHOANALYSIS; KOHUT,HEINZ; EMPATHY