Self-Disclosure in the Therapeutic Relationship

  • George Stricker
  • Martin Fisher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Theoretical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Robert C. Lane, James W. Hull
      Pages 31-46
    3. Sabert Basescu
      Pages 47-59
  4. Therapeutic Issues

  5. Therapeutic Modalities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Lisa R. Greenberg
      Pages 175-189
    3. Sophia Vinogradov, Irvin D. Yalom
      Pages 191-204
  6. Extratherapeutic Manifestations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Judith C. Simon
      Pages 207-225
    3. Arlene Cahn Gordon
      Pages 227-245
    4. Mary Gail Frawley
      Pages 247-259
    5. Douglas J. Peddicord
      Pages 261-273
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. George Stricker
      Pages 277-289
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 291-295

About this book


The editors of the present volume were also privileged to collaborate on an earlier book, Intimacy, also published by Plenum Press. In our pref­ ace to that volume, we described the importance and essence of inti­ macy and its centrality in the domain of human relationships. After reading the contributions to that volume, a number of issues emerged and pressed for elaboration. These questions concerned the nature and parameters of intimacy. The natural extension of these con­ cerns can be found in the current work, Self-Disclosure in the Therapeutic Relationship. The editors, after careful consideration of the theoretical, philo­ sophical, and technical literature, are impressed by the relationship between intimacy and appropriate self-disclosure. Self-disclosure, in this context, refers to those behaviors that allow oneself to be suffi­ ciently revealing so as to become available for an intimate relationship. Levenson has referred to psychotherapy as the demystification of expe­ rience wherein intimacy emerges during the time that interpersonal vigilance diminishes through growing feelings of safety. Interpersonal experience can be demystified and detoxified by disclosure, openness, and authentic relatedness. This is not an easy process. Before one can be open, make contact, or reach out with authenticity, one must be available to oneself. This means making contact with-and accepting-the dark, fearful, and of­ ten untouched areas within the person that are often hidden even from oneself. The process of therapy enables those areas to gain conscious­ ness, be tolerated, and be shared with trusted others.


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Editors and affiliations

  • George Stricker
    • 1
  • Martin Fisher
    • 1
  1. 1.Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological StudiesAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA

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