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Pathogenic Beliefs

Control-Mastery theory assumes that the patient's problems are rooted in grim, constricting pathogenic beliefs that the patient acquires in the traumatic experiences of childhood. The driving force behind the psychotherapeutic process is the patient's conscious and unconscious desire to recover the capacity to pursue life goals by gaining control and mastering self-destructive patterns of thoughts and behaviors.

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