Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Genuineness and Authenticity in Therapeutic Practice
by Shotts, Collin S., Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2019, 91; 13883293
Abstract (Summary)

The emergence of Relational Psychoanalysis has brought insight into the collective understanding of best psychotherapeutic practice by emphasizing multiple themes that include genuineness and authenticity. However, a clear understanding as to how a therapist may induce genuineness in therapy is lacking, both in the progressive theory and past theoretical movements of the field of psychology. This dissertation critically reviews the many ways genuineness and authenticity have been promoted, how it has been described, and in what ways it has been theorized as a point of consideration for therapeutic practice. What is retrieved from the prevalent literature is support to the belief that when authentic engagement manifests in therapy, the experience is beneficial to the client. However, it is concluded that comprehensive and generalizable guidelines for genuineness promotion in therapy are limited due to the subjectivity of the client, the therapist, and the intersubjectivity of their therapeutic interaction. Multiple facets are identified from the review of the prevalent literature that have been theorized to promote genuineness which include sincerity, spontaneity, self-disclosure, intersubjectivity, and self-awareness. This work further concludes that self-awareness maintains the strongest evidence as a facet for genuineness as its acquisition increases one’s ability to identify authentic interactions as they arise and provides an understanding as to how an individual specifically experiences and finds genuineness in their relational world.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jacobowitz, Jordan
Commitee: Dubose, Todd
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Relational psychoanalysis, Intersubjectivity, Progressive theory
Publication Number: 13883293
ISBN: 9781085703574
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