Helping Clients to Abandon Pathological Self-Critical Practices

  • Raymond M. Bergner
Part of the The Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


In this chapter, a general strategy for helping persons to abandon pathological self-critical practices will be described. At times, the accomplishment of this objective is sufficient by itself for therapy to be terminated. The first domino has been tipped over, setting in motion a series of other positive changes, and therapy may end here with a highly satisfactory outcome. At other times, much attention must be paid to the accomplishment of a second objective, that of helping persons to acquire and to commit themselves to the use of more benign and constructive means of criticizing themselves. The latter will comprise the primary focus of the remainder of the book.


Problematic Behavior Present Strategy Homework Assignment Positive Connotation Behavioral Option 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond M. Bergner
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  1. 1.Illnois State UniversityNormalUSA

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