- Paperback: 195 pages
- Publisher: Shields Publishing (1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0883100177
- ISBN-13: 978-0883100172
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,861,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
At the time this book was written, Frank Farrelly is a practicing psychotherapist in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a Clinical Professor, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin. Frank Farrelly was educated at Catholic University. He has made frequent appearances on radio and TV and conducts workshops, seminars and conferences on provocative therapy.
Jeff Brandsma is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top customer reviews
Provocative Therapy was developed in a psychiatric ward as Frank Farrelly, dissatisfied with his effectiveness as a therapist, began to explore new procedures for promoting significant, resilient change in chronic and recalcitrant patients. He now demonstrates the method in seminars and in this book for ordinary neurotics, like us.
Provocative therapy is a wild form of confrontational therapy that cuts to the quick of a problem, throws it up in the air, bathes it in outrageous humor and opens up the possibilities of change. It works because Frank Farrelly has a deep understanding of the human condition and he knows how to make people laugh at themselves.
This book has been called "the funniest book ever written in the clinical field" by students and professionals alike. Many of them have also described it as "the clearest book ever written about psychotherapy."
The rest of us can actually learn from the experiences and story of another, and find ways in which this can help in our own lives when helping others.
Frank's book is one you want to read several times. There is no pretence that it will help a beginner become a therapist. Instead, an experienced flexible therapist, counsellor or coach can easily absorb the points of this book whilst enjoying a good read. This in turn can give yet more choices and ways of responding to a client, emphasizing honest response in particular.
There isn't enough humor in the world when it comes to helping people with issues. Thats not proven, just a feeling I get when I speak to various people at times. Humor can be incredibly healing. Honesty and humor could well be the fastest way to be allowed deep into the trust of the people you wish to help.
If I needed help, I wouldn't let anyone in to help me change things that are important to me unless I trusted them. Trust doesn't come from any formula alone. It comes from my knowing that the other is honest, empathic and cares enough to be totally straight in their response. This straightness is also them allowing themselves to be open to my criticism, my negative reaction to their honesty. By revealing themself to me in this way, as a response to my issues, I know that I may not like what they say...and I can trust what they say. I will then listen and trust.
This is some of what Frank is showing through his story, his experience of developing Provocative Therapy. He shows that he realised that being a therapist also answered deep needs in himself, that he didn't have to be a perfect "super therapist" with all issues solved, instead his very needs and issues serve as a form of bridge, a way to understand. A way to know that all trust, rapport and therapy work is actually a two way street.
This is why detached, emotionless or prepackaged "warm empathy" styles of therapy don't have huge success rates. Real therapy only works with Real people. Honesty, empathy, experience and trust.
Read this not because you get a potted 6 step plan or 12 step approach or canned theories to be applied. Read this to gain a deeper understanding of what it really takes to allow someone to realise how they can change themselves in the way that is beest for them.
Read this to learn how to trust yourself and your instincts.
This is a book that may make sense of all the theories and approaches you may have studied in the past, and perhaps not quite used brilliantly. This takes nothing away from any method that works, it can only add and enhance it.
This is a book mostly for therapists, but it is a great start for anyone who has decided to stop destroying there own lifes.
The book is short but wery insightful.
(Sorry about the English!=)