The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – Jonathan Shedler

 

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American Psychologist – February – March 2010

#3. Identification of recurring themes and patterns.

Psychodynamic therapists work to identify and explore recurring themes and patterns in patients’ thoughts, feelings, self-concept, relationships, and life experiences.  In some cases, a patient may be acutely aware of recurring patterns that are painful or self-defeating but feel unable to escape them (e.g. a man who repeatedly finds himself drawn to romantic partners who are emotionally unavailable: a woman who regularly sabotages herself when success is at hand).  In other cases, the patient may be unaware of the patterns until the therapist helps him or her recognize and understand them.”

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