How People Change

Inside and Outside Therapy

  • Rebecca C. Curtis
  • George Stricker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. How People Change

    1. Rebecca Curtis
      Pages 1-10
  3. Perspectives from Clinical Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Marvin R. Goldfried
      Pages 29-37
    3. Leslie S. Greenberg, René H. Rhodes
      Pages 39-58
    4. Leigh McCullough
      Pages 59-79
    5. Sheila M. Coonerty
      Pages 81-97
  4. Perspectives from Social, Family, and Organizational Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Elliot Aronson
      Pages 101-112
    3. Sam Kirschner, Diana Adile Kirschner
      Pages 117-127
    4. Barbara Benedict Bunker, Jacqueline J. DeLisle
      Pages 129-155
    5. Jeffrey Z. Rubin, Carol M. Rubin
      Pages 157-169
  5. Integration and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Allan Cooper, Joel Cooper
      Pages 173-189
    3. George Stricker
      Pages 211-214
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 215-217

About this book


In the myth of Daphne and Apollo, Cupid fired two arrows: one causing flight from love, the other passionate attraction. Cupid aimed his first arrow at Daphne, a beautiful nymph who loved her freedom; the next struck Apollo, who lusted after Daphne. Daphne, frightened and intent upon virginity, fled Apollo but was unable to run fast enough. When her strength was almost gone, she sought protection in the familiar waters of her father's river. He answered her prayers: Her hair became leaves, and her feet, roots growing into the ground; she was transformed into a laurel tree. Apollo, kissing the sprouting bark, pledged to honor Daphne by placing a laurel wreath on the head of every hero who won a victory. Unable to evade the consequences of the arrow that wounded her, Daphne called upon the river, the creative power of both nature and time-a symbol of fertility, but also of oblivion-to help her survive when her strength was gone. Daphne's inner triumph in the face of injury is an appropriate sym­ bol for the types of transformation witnessed by psychologists. In his book on symbols, Circlot (1962, p. 173) writes that the crowning of the poet, artist, or conqueror with laurel leaves "presupposes a series of inner victories over the negative and dissipative influence of the basest forces. " Further, the tree "denotes the life of the cosmos: its consistence, growth, proliferation, generative, and regenerative processes" (Circlot, 1962, p. 328).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rebecca C. Curtis
    • 1
  • George Stricker
    • 1
  1. 1.Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological StudiesAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0743-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0741-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2528
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