Analyzing Psychotherapy: A Social Role Interpretation


This book reinterprets psychotherapy from a social role perspective, permitting a "grand synthesis" that explains many of the apparent contradictions in contemporary therapy, and challenging the usual definitions of therapy in terms of personality, behavior, and mental illness. Dr. Fein surveys all major therapies, placing them in a role-change context. He documents how each approach specializes in different aspects of role change and shows that therapies differ only in their level of intervention, phase of resocialization addressed, or barrier to change tackled. All therapies, Fein argues, are inherently psychosocial.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1992


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