By Robert A. Neimeyer
This selection of articles from prime constructivist, narrative, and social constructionist theorists and therapists describes choices to conventional diagnoses and remedy that humanize the evaluation approach and advertise significant healing swap. via emphasizing the private and social approaches of language and that means making in developing and resolving difficulties participants give some thought to how psychotherapists can conceptualize human misery in a manner that provides path to remedy with no stigmatizing or pathologizing their consumers. Integrating postmodern idea and scientific perform, authors specialize in such options as experiential exploration of the client's tacit self-knowledge, narrative reconstruction, and the deconstruction of oppressive cultural discourses. all through, the dialogue is achored with unique case illustrations.
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This creativity can be found in the work of many constructivist therapists (Hoyt, 1998; McNamee & Gergen, 1992; Neimeyer & Mahoney, 1995; Rosen & Kuehlwein, 1996; Sexton & Griffin, 1997; White & Epston, 1990). In drawing conclusions about the seemingly contradictory roles of politics and science in the DSM-IV, we offer a uniquely constructivist AS HUMAN ENTERPRISE 35 interpretation of events. In our view, the problem with the DSM-IV is not its reliance on political negotiation in determining the bounds of normalcy.
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29). In this approach, “the therapist joins with the client in a mutual exploration of the client’s understanding and experience. Thus the process of interpretation, the struggle to understand in therapy, becomes collaborative” (p. 30). The not-knowing approach emphasizes that psychotherapists, when working effectively, are experts at interpersonal communication. Szasz ( 1965/ 1988) actually alluded to this kind of expertise for psychotherapists more than 30 years ago in his book, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis.