Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To see definitions for highlighted words…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Some important words in PEP Web articles are highlighted when you place your mouse pointer over them. Clicking on the words will display a definition from a psychoanalytic dictionary in a small window.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Miller, S.B. (1992). Insight and Other Psychotherapy Change Processes. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 20(4):611-632.

(1992). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 20(4):611-632

Insight and Other Psychotherapy Change Processes

Susan B. Miller, Ph.D.

Insight belongs to a larger class of experiences that have special significance for psychotherapeutic change because they allow an individual to extend the positive effects of moments of new experience by organizing and storing those moments to make them available for future use. Insight can be understood as an act of the creative, synthesizing aspect of the personality, which is capable of combining multiple elements into a complex whole.

Psychotherapeutic change can result from a number of events other than insight-acquisition; the change processes of special interest here share with insight-acquisition the capacity to promote moments of new experience within the psychotherapy session or outside it. Among these additional change processes are focusing, recategorizing, and active and passive imagining. Also discussed are induced feelings accompanied by minimal conscious cognitive processing, and changes of psychological structure induced outside awareness.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.