Watkins University of Montana Ego-state therapy is a psychodynamic approach in which techniques of group and family therapy are employed to resolve conflicts between various "ego states" that constitute a "family of self" within a single individual. Corsini, (Ed.), Handbook of innovative psychotherapies (pp. Although covert ego states do not normally become overt except in true multiple personality, they are hypnotically activated and made accessible for contact and communication with the therapist.
The child not only makes such simple discriminations, but also develops entire patterns of behavior that are appropriate for dealing with parents, teachers, and playmates. Psychoanalyse, hypnoanalyse, ego-state therapie: Auf der suche nach einer effektivan therapie.
Although the concept of segmentation of personality has been mentioned in the literature for many years (Assagioli, 1972; Beahrs, 1982; Freud, 1923; Janet, 1907; Jung, 1969; Kernberg, 1976; Kohut, 1977), the specific theory of ego-state therapy is attributable to John G. Jack, as he prefers to be called, came upon the concept of ego states from Federn (1952) and Weiss (1960), as did Berne (1961) in formulating his transactional analysis.
Together, Jack and I have developed treatment approaches dating from the early 1970s.
Theoretical Concepts In approaching the theoretical concepts of ego-state therapy, it is worthwhile to underscore two processes that are cogent in the development of the human personality: integration and differentiation. (Audio tape and transcript), New York: Jeffrey Norton.
Through integration a child learns to put concepts together, such as dog and cat, and thus to build more complex units called animals.
They are adaptive for adjusting to school, to the playground, etc. (Psychoanalysis, hypnoanalysis, and ego-state therapy: In search of an efficient therapy).
These changes are considered quite normal, yet they do represent patterns of behavior and experience that are clustered and organized under some common principle. The boundaries between these entities are very flexible and permeable.
Any of the behavioral, cognitive, analytic, or humanistic techniques may then be employed in a kind of internal diplomacy.
Some 20 years experience with this approach has demonstrated that complex psychodynamic problems can often be resolved in a relatively short time compared to more analytic therapies.
Ego states may be large and include all the various behaviors and experiences activated in one's occupation.
They may be small, like the behaviors and feelings elicited in school at the age of 6. For example, an ego state may be built around the age of 10.
The Role of Hypnosis Hypnosis is both a focusing and dissociative process (Hilgard, 1986).