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reconstructive psychotherapy

psychotherapy directed toward basic and extensive modification of an individual’s character structure by enhancing his or her insight into personality development, unconscious conflicts, and adaptive responses. Examples are Freudian psychoanalysis, Adlerian individual psychology, Jungian analytic psychology, and the approaches of Karen D. Horney and Harry Stack Sullivan.

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May 21st 2024



n. in the analytic psychology of Carl Jung, the public face an individual presents to the outside world, in contrast to more deeply rooted and authentic personality characteristics. This sense has now passed into popular usage. The term is taken from the mask worn by actors in Roman antiquity.