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Laughing at your ‘inner joke’

posted on 18th December 2011 by Dr Brian Kaplan

Many of us have unresolved issues and unfulfilled ambitions. If only we had: a girlfriend; a boyfriend; more money; a better job; a fulfilling marriage… then we might be happy. The If-Only Syndrome is everywhere these days. It’s obvious to others – if not to ourselves – that our daily behaviour is not producing the results we desire. So how can we change that? And how long will the process take?

Some forms of psychotherapy are based on gaining a gradual understanding of ourselves and how we came to be the way we are now. Others are based on focusing on our negative and positive thoughts and slowly gaining more control. The long process can take months, if not years. ‘Brief therapy’ is a course of 12-16 one-hour sessions while Provocative Therapy is often even quicker.

Provocative Therapy is the cutting edge in the use of humour and reverse psychology in psychotherapy. A provocative therapist aims to get you to see your Inner Joke so you can catch the ways you may be sabotaging your life, and by noticing the absurd, to change your approach.

The goal of Provocative Therapy is to provoke you to laugh at this Inner Joke – and then find the real solution to your issue. When we laugh at how our behaviour is the cause of us not getting what we want in life – the impulse to change is often very strong indeed. Provocative Therapy uses humour and reverse psychology therapeutically to provoke you to locate, articulate and finally enact the real solution to your issue. The process can be energising, effective and rapid and a course of 4 one-hour sessions is often helpful

 Laughing at your inner joke

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Experiencing Provocative Therapy

Provocative Therapy has had a significant and ongoing impact on me. The session itself forced to the surface a few truths about myself and my life which I had previously been reluctant to admit to myself. That I found helpful and enlightening. However the real shock came when I watched myself on film afterwards. I was rather dreading having to view myself, especially in such an open and vulnerable position. But nothing prepared me for the shock I had when I firstswitched on the tape. For the first time, I think ever, I was able to view myself objectively. It was not like looking in the mirror or seeing myself on film; never before had I seen myself interact naturally like that. I was surprised how pertinent the contradiction was between the idea I had of myself and how I really appeared. This initial jolt certainly had the most impact but now I’m grateful to have the film so that I can revisit it whenever I need to. Each time it’s almost like going through another session. It forces me toreally look at myself and listen to what I’m saying and to understand that there is a difference between my own, often warped perspective, and the truth in front of me. Louisa Gamon - London