Home > Society & social sciences > Psychology > Occupational & industrial psychology > Relating in Psychotherapy
Relating in Psychotherapy

Relating in Psychotherapy

  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star

International Edition

About the Book

In his earlier book, How Humans Relate, John Birtchnell proposed that relating occurs along two axes, a horizontal one concerning becoming close versus being distant and a vertical one concerning being upper versus being lower. He called closeness, distance, upperness, and lowerness the relating objectives, and he proposed that people need to acquire competence in attaining and maintaining these objectives. In this book, he argues that the task of psychotherapists is to identify and correct, within these axes, people's relating incompetencies, and to enable people to cope with the relating incompetencies of others. He considers this to be the case across all psychotherapies.

Dr. Birtchnell proposes the existence of an unconscious, automatic, inner brain that monitors the relating objectives. He argues that the psychotherapist assists the person, through the conscious, outer brain, to correct and improve the inner brain's least effective relating strategies. He uses the term interrelating to describe the interplay between the relating of two or more people. This has application in couple, family, group, and community therapy, in which the psychotherapist's task is to enable the interrelaters to understand and correct their mutually reinforcing, destructive interactions. He introduces a set of questionnaires, from the scores of which a computer can print out an easy-to-read diagram of the direction and degree of people's relating incompetencies.

About the Author:

JOHN BIRTCHNELL is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London. Involved in full-time psychiatric research since 1967, Dr. Birtchnell has edited the British Journal of Medical Psychology as well as numerous journal articles and a companion volume How Humans Relate: A New Interpersonal Theory (Praeger, 1993).

Best Sellers

Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275963767
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger Publishers
  • Height: 240 mm
  • No of Pages: 288
  • Series Title: Human Evolution, Behavior, and Intelligence
  • Weight: 593 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0275963764
  • Publisher Date: 28 Feb 1999
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 27 mm
  • Width: 163 mm

Similar Products

Write A Review
Write your own book review for Relating in Psychotherapy
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star



Top Reviews
Be the first to write a review on this book Relating in Psychotherapy

New Arrivals

Inspired by your browsing history