Year: 1986 Source: Individual Psychology: Adlerian Theory, Research & Practice, v.42, no.3, (September 1986), p.331-8 SIEC No: 19871236

Contends that disavowing past behavior safeguards self-esteem by defining threatening material as part of the past, outside the boundaries of the self. Two case studies, involving a 40-year-old alcoholic man and a suicidal woman in her thirties, illustrate the maneuver. It is suggested that sometimes the therapist tries to help patients distance past issues, while at other times he/she challenges patient disavowal.