The art of being a failure as a therapist.

  title={The art of being a failure as a therapist.},
  author={Jay Haley},
  journal={The American journal of orthopsychiatry},
  volume={39 4},
  • J. Haley
  • Published 1 July 1969
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The American journal of orthopsychiatry
Too much emphasis has been placed upon how to be successful as a therapist and too little has been written about how to fail. Twelve steps for failing in psychotherapy are described within the proper ideological framework, and it is argued that any therapist can achieve this end with proper training. What has been lacking in the field of therapy is a theory of failure. Many clinicians have merely assumed that any psychotherapist could fail if he wished. Recent studies of the outcome of therapy… 
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