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Emotive-Reconstructive Therapy: A Short-Term, Psychotherapeutic Use of Mental Imagery

  • James K. Morrison


Emotive-reconstructive therapy (ERT), a recently developed therapeutic modality (Morrison, in press (b); Morrison and Cometa, 1977), finds its theoretical roots in the cognitive theory of Kelly (1955), Piaget (1972), and Fiske and Maddi (1961). According to Kelly, each person constantly strives to understand and predict his or her experiences. Thus, ERT emphasizes the value of retracing early developmental experiences in order to apply the adult’s more adequate construct system in better comprehending those experiences. Due to a child’s simplistic way of understanding and coding life’s experiences (Piaget, 1972), significant persons are often stereotyped (e. g., good mother, bad father), eventually leading to personally destructive relationships with others. A retrieval of images from childhood often helps adult clients to construe parents and others more adequately so that these clients are able then to understand and resolve current conflicts in their relationship.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • James K. Morrison
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  1. 1.Albany Medical CollegeAlbanyUSA

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