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(p. 68) Exploration Phase (Sessions 5–8) 

(p. 68) Exploration Phase (Sessions 5–8)
(p. 68) Exploration Phase (Sessions 5–8)

Kari M. Eddington

, Timothy J. Strauman

, Angela Z. Vieth

, and Gregory G. Kolden

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date: 27 October 2020

Chapter 6 provides a session-by-session guide to the exploration phase of self-system therapy (SST). This phase involves assessing important aspects of the client’s self-regulation, including self-knowledge and regulatory style. The therapist applies two tactics specific to SST. Self-belief analysis is used to examine the content, function, origins, and adaptiveness of the client’s beliefs about herself or himself in relation to others, with an emphasis on goals and standards. Psychological situation analysis is applied to evaluation of the client’s goals and standards in everyday situations to determine his or her typical patterns of self-regulation. The therapist and client then construct a revised problem formulation and a set of specific targets for reducing self-discrepancies and improving the effectiveness of self-regulation.

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