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Psychotherapy

  • Edward L. Deci
  • Richard M. Ryan
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Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)

Abstract

The application of motivation theory is nowhere more complex and multifaceted than in the domain of psychotherapy and behavior change. The wide array of goals, styles, methods, and approaches bears witness to the fact of there being differing motivational assumptions and the absence of an accepted set of unifying principles for practice. Perhaps the one common denominator among mental health practitioners is that all are concerned with some type of human change. Strupp (1978), for example, argued that all approaches to therapy are concerned with bringing about changes in the behavior or personality of the patient seeking help, but the various approaches disagree regarding what is to be changed and how the changes can best be achieved.

Keywords

Behavior Change Therapeutic Change Mastery Experience Smoking Reduction External Attribution 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward L. Deci
    • 1
  • Richard M. Ryan
    • 1
  1. 1.University of RochesterRochesterUSA

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