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Psychiatr Danub. 2012 Oct;24 Suppl 3:S354-60.

Insight in psychotherapy.

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  • 1Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia.


The same as with many other psychoanalytic constructs, it took a long time to theoretically conceptualize "insight". Throughout decades, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists of various techniques, observed and detail discussed transcripts of sessions so to get an insight into what leads to a change in structure of patients during psychotherapeutic treatment. In this article, authors attempted to integrate all developmental achievements on insight in psychoanalytic literature and further on. It is apparent that there are numerous models which contribute to a change in structure of a patient. Additionally, an outline of few situations was given, as a part of therapeutic process which contributes to insight. The aim of this article is to give readers insight into how there is more than one process which leads to insight; it is a complex work and various methods can be used, by using conscious and unconscious ways to help patient achieve liberation from difficulties for which they seek help.

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