Catharsis and Cognition in Psychotherapy

  • Barry Guinagh


This book began by asking the question of how the methods of catharsis and cognition, two methods that appear so different, can both be successful helping individuals with emotional problems. Based on the discussion in the previous chapter the “which is best” question can be expanded to include all methods of psychotherapy: How can the variety of methods that appear to be so different all be successful? What kind of common factor can be found that would appear not only in catharsis and cognitive therapies, but also in a wide variety of other settings both in systematic therapy and outside of therapy? The conclusion reached in this text to explain these findings is a rather obvious one—that emotional change ultimately comes from internal changes. These internal changes involve the processes of catharsis and cognitive change.


Distressful Emotion Emotional Problem Emotional Expression Cognitive Model Cognitive Therapy 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Guinagh
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  1. 1.College of EducationUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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