Elements of the Socratic method: I. Systematic questioning.

  title={Elements of the Socratic method: I. Systematic questioning.},
  author={James C. Overholser},
The Socratic method includes three primary elements: systematic questioning, inductive reasoning, and universal definitions. Although many psychotherapists allude to the Socratic method, most refer only to the questioning style and few describe the process in adequate detail. The present report describes the use of systematic questioning in terms of its format, content, and process. Finally, an attempt is made to provide an intermediate level of structure so as to facilitate a shaping process… 

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