Concept Analysis of Language in Psychotherapy

  • Julius Laffal
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)


Explicitly or implicitly, psychotherapist and patient have agreed to a contractual relationship in which the therapist is to apply his skill to understanding and helping the patient. As a means of implementing this contract, the patient is to speak of himself, and the clinician is to question him, raise hypotheses about what he says or does, and offer interpretation and instruction. What the patient says is taken not only as information about particular subject matter, but as data about his way of viewing the world and about his difficulties. On the other hand, the clinician chooses his own contributions either to produce further clarification of the patient’s statements or to facilitate changes in the patient’s attitudes and behavior. The interaction between psychotherapist and patient is thus somewhat different from ordinary conversation (Streeck, 1980, p. 124).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julius Laffal
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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