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›› 2010, Vol. 18 ›› Issue (9): 1489-1495.

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Definition of “Insight” in Psychotherapy

HU Shu-Jing;JIANG Guang-Rong   

  1. School of Psychology, HuaZhong Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China
  • Received:2010-04-20 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2010-09-15 Published:2010-09-15
  • Contact: JIANG Guang-Rong

Abstract: The importance of insight in counseling has been confirmed by counseling theories and research of important events in counseling sessions. Understandings of insight are not consistent among mainstream theoretical orientations. Although diversities exist in the concept of, the content of, and the way to get insight, the establishment of new connection is recognized as the insight per se. Classification and operational definition of insight in empirical research helps to realize more clear and accurate concept of it. There hasn’t been an accurate definition of insight in counseling till now. The current study tentatively defines insight as: formations of new perception of the clients themselves and their world, with assistances of counselors, which are represented as establishment of new connections in their personal meaning systems.

Key words: insight, connection, counseling