What a beautiful concept- the master keys of a theory, I guess that would be similar to the basic tenets of a theory. That was what I was trying to address in an earlier post. A overview of the theory itself is available at the beginning of this forum and at our home page www.SFPRG.org. But let me see what I can do and please - others fill in with your favorites: That is a few of my favorites what do the rest of you think???
1- That people want to get better and come into treatment with a plan, unconscious at times to do so.
2- That the therapists task is to help their patients feel safe enough to do the work that will allow them to disconfirm their pathogenic beliefs in order to get better. This means to ascertain (by testing) if the fears and anxieties that they have believed to be true are really still accurate. If they can sort out which ideas are false, over generalized or distorted then they have the potential to try to shift the maladaptive behaviors they had held on to from the past.
3- That these beliefs are often formed in childhood as a result of pathological relationship with others. At times it is the result of a specific trauma and at times not.
4- Pathogenic beliefs are often the root of pathology and symptoms are often formed in response to them.
5- Patients work in therapy to sort out theses issues and attempt to master the trauma they have experienced in order to gain control over their lives.
That is a few of my favorites what do the rest of you think???
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