WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE OF ADAPTATIONAL PSYCHODYNAMICS?
Treatment requires the psychotherapist to impress upon the patient the difference between his infantile and his realistic life performances. Interpretations help to achieve recognition of infantile responses as unadaptive and to teach the patient “adaptive insight,” which is the development of reason and control evolving into adaptational behavior.
Treatment goals include: “helping the patient toward self-reliance”; “to plan better adaptation”; and to “instill confidence and hopeful expectation.”
Rado’s technique of treatment is unlike Freud’s and has even been generally viewed as a conscious psychology and not a depth psychology. Because Rado’s theory and technique support a concept of organismic utility, many critics view the development of adaptational responses as too focused on purposeful control of pleasure, pain, emotion, thought, and desire.The implication is that control can be achieved through thoughtful adaptation alone. Rado does not appear to give sufficient status to the independentpower of unconscious motivation.
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