Case of Ruth

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“Case of Ruth”
Case Approach to Psychoanalytic Theory
From the psychoanalytic perspective, all techniques are designed to help client gain insights and bring repressed material to the surface so that it can be dealt consciously.
Assessment of Ruth
Looking at the symptoms such as anxiety attacks, overeating, fear of accomplishment, fear of abandonment, and so forth—can be interpreted as outward manifestations of unconscious conflicts that have their origins in childhood experiences and defensive reaction to these experiences that are necessary to her as a child.
Ruth is experiencing a split—a struggle between opposing dimensions of herself. This conflict is between the part of her that wants to change and the other part of her that
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Ruth believes that she is the one who is most affected by her unhappiness.
The family atmosphere is strict and controlled, and she found her place by caring for children and others in a way that she believed women were supposed to do.
Concept of Human Nature
Ruth’s father set a masculine guiding line that was characterized by a harsh, strict, stern, and angry persona; his every stance was authoritarian, critical, and religiously perfectionistic. Indeed, his father is a dominant authoritarian.
Ruth’s mother set a feminine guiding line that was characterized by a serious devotion to principle, righteousness, duty, and her husband.
The family atmosphere was characterized by formality and stiffness, a rigid consistency and discipline in which frivolity and, indeed, happiness is out of place.
Ruth’s personality according to Adlerian Therapy
Ruth’s case generates a clear picture of the client in relation to what Adler called the LIFE TASKS of (a) Friendship and social relation, (b) work and occupation, and (c) love, intimacy and sexuality.
Case Approach to Person-centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
Development of Personality
Ruth is especially attentive to how she views herself, including aspects that are evident and those that are implicit and unclear but forming. Several components of Ruth’s self-concepts emerge from her autobiography. In her own words, Ruth identifies herself as the “good wife” and the “good mother” that her husband expects from her. Thus,
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