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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 301-304

Some personal reflections relating to psychotherapy

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.44756

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This article briefly sketches five important beliefs that shaped the evolution of my professional assumptive-world in respect of psychotherapeutic practice. They are: (a) Every human has some knowledge of what we call psychology and sociology. A professional too has a share of this, which must be integrated with his or her professional knowledge. (b) Therapist's professional knowledge should ideally be practised in his or her personal life. (c) Ideal qualities, which promote mental health are similar to desirable therapist qualities. (d) Mental health is effective management of one's miseries and illnesses. (e) Coping skills are behavioural expressions of ideal values and attitudes.



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