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Effects of Observation on the Psychotherapeutic Process Revisited: Brief Report

Jack Demick1* and Casey Marks2

1Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA

2Professional Programs at (ISC)², Clearwater, Florida, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Jack Demick
Fellow, Department of Psychology
Harvard University, Cambridge
Massachusetts 02138, USA
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Received Date: September 03, 2016; Accepted Date: September 22, 2016; Published Date: September 28, 2016

Citation: Demick J, Marks C (2016) Effects of Observation on the Psychotherapeutic Process Revisited: Brief Report. J Ment Disord Treat 2:124. doi:10.4172/2471- 271X.1000124

Copyright: © 2016 Demick J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

With the advent of one-way mirrors, videotapes, smartphones with filming capabilities, and other audio-visual devices, much research has been conducted on the effects of observation on the psychotherapeutic process. However, as outlined by Zinberg , this research has traditionally focused on the ways in which observation affects isolated processes in both therapists (e.g., concentration) and patients (e.g., defense mechanisms) or simply on participants’ (patients, trainees)experience of observation with both sets of participants reporting favorable attitudes. In contrast, the present work describes a case study in which the in vivo non-participant observation of an ongoing therapy case led to extremely positive therapeutic benefits for the patient. Underlying processes (e.g., life review, mindfulness, self-other differentiation) and mechanisms (e.g., activation of self- and relational observation, elaboration of affect-laden material) as well as implications for therapy, education, and research are discussed.

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