Cognitive-Behavioural Methods in an Integrated Psychotherapy System for Neurotic Disorders

  • Malgorzata Siwiak-Kobayashi
  • Celina Brykczynska


Theories explaining the origins of neurotic disorders range from radically biological approaches to those neglecting biological factors and focusing on psychosocial determinants Among the former, not only psychoanalysis can be included with its interpretation of biological drives as the essential motivating force underlying personality development or destruction, but also classical behaviorism, where the human being is regarded as a biological entity whose development consists in the formation of more and more complicated consecutive conditional reflexes. On the other hand, in humanist approaches, where the biological nature of man is not denied, it is his social as well as psychological or philosophical experiences that are believed to be pivotal for the formation of the human being as a person. These extreme viewpoints corresponded with a dichotomized view on human nature. In recent decades a more holistic way of thinking has developed in medicine including psychiatry and psychotherapy.


Psychotherapeutic Intervention Therapeutic Community Dysfunctional Attitude Dance Therapy Psychosocial Determinant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malgorzata Siwiak-Kobayashi
    • 1
  • Celina Brykczynska
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Psychiatry and NeurologyPoland

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