September 1972

Motility and Psychotherapy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago, Chicago.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1972;27(3):380-383. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1972.01750270084013

The quality of psychomotor activity has often been described as a correlate of psychological well-being or illness. In this paper a theoretical position is described regarding the planned use of psychomotor activity as a therapeutic vehicle. Specifically, psychomotility is viewed as a tool to help bring about increased organization of thought processes in severely disorganized patients. A clinical illustration supporting the theory is presented in detail. Implications of this therapeutic approach are also discussed.