• Theodore Wasserman
  • Lori Drucker Wasserman


NCLT makes use of the following definition: an autonomous process is one that once initiated (regardless of whether it was initiated intentionally or unintentionally), runs to completion with no requirement for conscious guidance, cognitive effort or monitoring. NCLT theory posits that much of what is currently defined as mental disorder actually reflects the development of maladaptive behaviors and thoughts which have become automatic. These maladaptive response tendencies are then inappropriately applied or selected for use in response to specific stimuli. By the process of response generalization these habitual or automatic maladaptive response tendencies are extended onto novel situations thereby developing into generalized response tendencies labeled as disorders. NCLT theory also posits that the individual recognizes the trend of strengthening the automaticity of the generalized and interconnected response tendency that results in outcomes which by themselves cause emotional and mental distress because of recognition of the misapplication and poor section bias.


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  • Theodore Wasserman
    • 1
  • Lori Drucker Wasserman
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  1. 1.Wasserman and Drucker PABoca RatonUSA

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