Psychotherapy of Small Steps

  • Nossrat Peseschkian


An elephant was being exhibited at night in a dark room. People crowded around to look at it. Since it was dark, the visitors could not see the elephant, so they tried to touch it to get an idea of what it looked like. But as the elephant was very large, each visitor could only touch a part of the animal and describe it the way he had felt it. One of the visitors, who had touched to elephant’s trunk, said that the elephant was like a thick column. Another, who had touched the elephant’s tusk, described the animal as something pointed. A third, who had touched an ear, said it was like a fan. And the fourth, who had stroked the elephant’s back, insisted that it was straight and flat like a bed.


Representative Case Separation Anxiety Conflict Situation Actual Capacity Reference Person 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nossrat Peseschkian
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  1. 1.WiesbadenFederal Republic of Germany

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