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approach

approach (a-proch´)

In psychiatry, a term used to describe how interpersonal relationships are negotiated. [M.E., fr. O. Fr., fr L.L. appropio, to come nearer, fr. ad, to + propius, nearer]
idiographic a. the comprehensive study of an individual as a basis for understanding human behavior in general.
nomothetic a. a frame of psychologic reference that attempts to provide norms and general principles of behavior by the study of groups.
regressive-reconstructive a. a form of psychotherapy in which regression, in order to resurrect some original psychic trauma, is an integral part of the treatment.

 

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