Why Openness May Not Be Therapeutic

A Self-Presentational View of Psychotherapy
  • Anita E. Kelly
Part of the The Plenum Series in Social/Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


As outlined in the previous chapter, psychotherapy researchers have demonstrated not only that clients withhold personal information and reactions from their therapists but also that such discretion is associated with positive therapy process ratings and outcomes. The question I address in this chapter is, how can these puzzling findings be explained?


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anita E. Kelly
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  1. 1.University of Notre DameSouth BendUSA

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