By K. R. MacKenzie, Arnold A. Lazarus

Rutgers college, New Brunswick, NJ. Discusses the author's innovations for short psychotherapy. For clinicians.

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Truly effective therapists, like Katzenbach's RCLs (real change leaders), are not frightened conformists but courageous and enterprising helpers, willing to take calculated risks. Some years ago, while reading a book on psychodrama by Kellermann (1992), I was particularly impressed with his account of a client who had been treated by Zerka Moreno, one of the cofounders of psychodrama. When asked what she had found most helpful, the client stated: The most important things for me was that I established a close relationship with Zerka, a kind of friendship which extended beyond the ordinary patienttherapist relation.

Given the fact that observations do not occur in a vacuum but are influenced by our viewpoints (we bring our theoretical ideas to what we THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES 3 7 observe), is it in fact possible to separate observations from theories? , Gergen, 1982), we create what we observe to the extent that we cannot discover what is inherent in nature; rather, we invent our theories and categories and view the world through them. From this perspective, it is impossible to separate observation from theory.

Here's an example: THERAPIST: So you worry a good deal about losing your job. PATIENT: I literally lose sleep over it. THERAPIST: When you become so worried and preoccupied about your job, what would you usually be doing at the time? THE MULTIMODAL WAY 29 PATIENT: Just worrying. That's what I'd be doing. THERAPIST: I'm asking if you would worry no less or no more when out with friends, watching television, eating dinner. PATIENT: No, I don't think about it when I'm keeping active. It happens mainly when I get into bed and try to go to sleep.

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