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Question:

Is examining the childhood and early family history beneficial in therapy? If so, why.

Answered by: Robert Glick

Our early experiences shape our minds and brains, and remain active influences in our relationships, our self images, attitudes, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

Understanding the influence of the past in our current adult adaptation in life allows us to modify those maladaptive,inappropriate patterns that cause us suffering and failure.

In therapy, past patterns emerge in the treatment relationship (the transference)in ways that offer opportunities for insight, and for emotional and behaviorial change, in a working through process.