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Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy

  1. Douglas J. Scaturo

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0444

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Scaturo, D. J. 2010. Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. State University of New York Upstate Medical University and Syracuse VA Medical Center

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Insight-oriented psychotherapy is not a single method of psychotherapy; rather, it represents a category of psychotherapeutic approaches that share a common assumption about psychopathology and its treatment. These forms of therapy assume that an individual's behavior is disturbed in some way due to a lack of awareness of his or her motivations underlying it. Psychotherapy, then, involves the elucidation of a person's internal motivations and the development of a better sense of awareness and self-understanding, in order to facilitate more adaptive behavior and courses of action in his or her life.


  • insight;
  • psychotherapy;
  • psychodynamic;
  • client-centered;
  • existential;
  • interpersonal;
  • narrative;
  • behavior change