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Harry Stack Sullivan: Energy and Interpersonal Relationships

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Sullivan viewed psychopathology not in terms of disease “entities” but in terms of “syndromes,” characteristic patterns of integrating relations with others, “processes of living.” He believed that ‘a person is what he does’ and all behaviours can be observable through interpersonal field. Sullivan stated that the therapy process needs the active participation of the therapist who is known as a participant observer. Parataxic mode of thinking need to be clarified during the therapy & new patterns of behaviour will be implemented. Finally, the persons need to see themselves who they really are, rather than what they really think or what they want others to think about themselves.

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