Use of Reminiscing in the Psychotherapy of Depression

  • Eytan Bachar
  • Haim Dasberg
  • Baruch Shapira


As early as 1917 Freud1 pointed out the contrast between normal reaction and adaptation to loss and the pathological responses of depressed patients. Focusing on mechanisms that can ward off sorrow in normals is one of the major contributions of Arieti’s work.2 In line with this quest for normal self-healing processes, we suggest harnessing reminiscing—the mental activity of dwelling on the past—in the psychotherapy of depression, specifically in aging patients.


Depressed Patient Depressed Mood Life Review Session Therapist Participation Score 
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  • Eytan Bachar
  • Haim Dasberg
  • Baruch Shapira

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