Confrontation in Psychotherapy


Publisher: Fideli Publishing

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    The Oxford English Dictionary defines the verb “confront” as “to bring a person face to face with.” Exactly how psychotherapists bring their patients “face to face with” their problems in a way that will lead to change is what differentiates the various psychotherapies that have developed since the classical psychoanalytic approach of Freud. The dictionary’s alternative definition of “confront,” “to face in hostility or defiance … to oppose,” has lead many people to view “confront” as an aggressive means to express opposition. This is not the sense in which the term is used in psychotherapy. (10 pp.)

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