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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 63 (2021) 11, 822 - 826

Klinische Praktijk

Negative image of the self and of the other; the two-pronged approach in affect phobia therapy

Q.D. van Dam, H.D. Philipszoon

A negative self-image is a well-known symptom in many psychiatric disorders. Many treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy (PD), are therefore used. CBT focuses on the self-image, while PD works with the self-image and the image of the other. A fictitious case shows how affect phobia therapy (AFT), a representative of PD, examines this dual focus. When comparing the dual AFT approach with the single CBT treatment, it appears that both approaches improve self-image, the image of the other and interpersonal functioning.