Personal identity is both heavily defended and reframable. When accepted as a given, rapport ensues. Patients are then challenged to define themselves: self-description, value priorities, and goals/perceived roadblocks/plan. Being held responsible for what is under their sole control minimizes regression, and promotes responsibility and morale.
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John Beahrs, MD, is a psychiatrist retired from the Portland Veteran's Administration Medical Center, and Professor Emeritus, Oregon Health and Science University. A three-time recipient of a Milton H. Erickson Award, Dr. Beahrs developed strategic self-therapy for treating personality disorders and a "shared self-deception hypothesis" of how human minds evolved. He is the author of three books, with two books in progress: Psychotherapy and The Reality Question.