Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 65–72 | Cite as

Sentences with Strong Psychological Impact in Psychotherapy: Research in Progress

  • Piero De Giacomo
  • Luciano L’Abate
  • Francesco Margari
  • Andrea De Giacomo
  • Wanda Santamato
  • Rita Masellis
Original Paper


After a brief exposition of Elementary Pragmatic Model about changes in dyadic interactions, the validity and clinical usefulness of the model was evaluated with a newly created test, called SISCI-Sentences. This test is composed of 90 Sentences with strong psychological impact. Administration of this test to non-clinical and clinical participants produced statistically significant differences between the choices of participants in the two groups. Implications of these results for the use of these Sentences in the course of psychotherapy are discussed.


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We are indebted and thankful to Prof. Luciano Guerriero and to Dr. Vito D’Agostino for their substantive contribution to the hypotheses and implementation for the formal and applicative parts of the Elementary Pragmatic Model.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Piero De Giacomo
    • 1
  • Luciano L’Abate
    • 2
    • 3
  • Francesco Margari
    • 1
  • Andrea De Giacomo
    • 1
  • Wanda Santamato
    • 1
  • Rita Masellis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurologic and Psychiatric SciencesUniversity of BariBariItaly
  2. 2.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.AtlantaUSA

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