PMID: 589551Nov 1, 1977

On being therapeutic

Canadian Psychiatric Association Journal
S E Greben

Abstract

Psychotherapy is both an art and a science. The art deserves as careful study as does the science. In this paper the author puts forward the view that the effectiveness of psychotherapy is dependent to a marked degree upon certain innate characteristics of the therapist: these include his character structure, his personal values, and his spontaneous personality style. In order to explore this thesis, the author examines what has been written about some successful and well-known psychotherapists, by their patients, their colleagues, and their friends. He concludes that these therapists strongly evidenced the following characteristics: empathy and concern, caring and protectiveness, warmth, therapeutic forcefulness, expectation of improvement, freedom from despair, reliability, friendliness and respectfulness. It is felt that such factors in the therapist must be taken into account in order to achieve a view of psychotherapy which is not reductionistic.

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Citations

Aug 1, 1981·Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie·G E Warme
Nov 1, 1982·Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie·S FineR Krell
Feb 1, 1980·Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie·D Pivnicki
Jun 1, 1981·The British Journal of Psychiatry : the Journal of Mental Science·S E Greben
Sep 1, 1987·The British Journal of Psychiatry : the Journal of Mental Science·S E Greben
Apr 1, 1981·Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie·J Paris
Mar 1, 1982·Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie·J Henderson
Mar 1, 1983·Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie·S E Greben
Oct 1, 1979·Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie·S E Greben
Jun 1, 1984·Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne De Psychiatrie·S E Greben
Oct 17, 1981·The Medical Journal of Australia·W B Grant

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