Deciphering Motivation in Psychotherapy

  • David M. Allen
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


In this section of the book, we will look at case examples of various statements made within the context of therapy. The statements may be those made by the clients themselves, or they may be those attributed by the client to other family members. The purpose of the case examples is to show therapists how, by attending to various interpretations of the statement, clarification can be obtained as to what is motivating the client and other members of the family system to act in self-destructive ways. We will see how ulterior motives and intrapsychic conflict can be uncovered through the analysis of the client’s language. In this introductory chapter, I will look at some general principles of dissecting the various possibilities.


Career Choice Family System Emotional Conflict Angry Feeling Motivational Conflict 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Allen
    • 1
  1. 1.BurbankUSA

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