Therapy in the Past and Present

  • Theodore WassermanEmail author
  • Lori Drucker Wasserman
Part of the Neural Network Model: Applications and Implications book series (NNMAI)


For most therapy processes, the emphasis, in one way or the other, is on identifying environmental triggers and altering the automatized response to them. Different therapy approaches vary on what the triggers are, how to identify them, and how to reprogram them, but all are in agreement that the task is the same: the reprogramming of maladaptive automatized responses into adaptive ones. Therapy is a process by which one eliminates automatized maladaptive behaviors and thoughts and substitutes newly automatized adaptive behaviors and thoughts. More specifically, in most forms, it is the process of taking previously maladaptive automatic behaviors and thoughts, de-automatizing them, and creating new adaptive automatic behaviors and thoughts (responses) to life’s various situations.


Psychotherapy Therapy Mind–body problem Psychoanalysis Behavior therapy Mindfulness White matter Connectome Action selection 


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  1. 1.Institute for Neurocognitive Learning TherapyWasserman & Drucker PABoca RatonUSA

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