© 1986

Positive Family Therapy

The Family as Therapist


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. List of Stories

    1. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 1-1
  3. A Story for the Positive Process: The Dream

    1. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 2-2
  4. Six Theses of Positive Family Therapy

    1. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 3-4
  5. Introduction

    1. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 5-9
  6. Introduction to the Theory of Positive Family Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 16-16
    3. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 17-19
    4. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 20-22
  7. Transcultural Psychotherapy (The East-West Concept)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 25-35
  8. From Family Therapy to Positive Familiy Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-50
    2. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 51-55
    3. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 56-58
    4. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 59-62
    5. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 63-65
    6. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 66-68
    7. Nossrat Peseschkian
      Pages 69-72

About this book


The author's principal aim is to win over the patient through the development of the "positive" aspects of his psychopathology-a concern the significance of which I have also discovered, especially in schizophrenic therapy. It is in this specific sense that Peseschkian speaks of "positive" psychotherapy. His model is a notable synthesis of psychodynamic and behavior-therapeutic elements, making an essential contribution to unified relationships within psychotherapy. In this way Peseschkian is attempting not to directly confront the patient's resistances. The consultation takes place in a loving way through allusions to poetry, proverbs and oriental fairy tales and myths, to which Peseschkian, as a Persian, has direct access. His ability to offer his patient a great treasure of handed-down wisdom knows no bounds. Anyone who has personally experi­ enced the author's therapeutic enthusiasm and optimism will understand why this method of short psychotherapeutic procedure is highly successful in its effects. Professor Gaetano Benedetti, M. D.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.WiesbadenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Positive Family Therapy
  • Book Subtitle The Family as Therapist
  • Authors Nossrat Peseschkian
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-15768-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-70680-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 340
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Deutsche Originalausgabe erschienen beim Fischer Verlag 1980
  • Topics Psychotherapy and Counseling
    General Practice / Family Medicine
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