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Clínica y Salud

On-line version ISSN 2174-0550Print version ISSN 1130-5274


VARGAS-DE LA CRUZ, Ivette; PARDO-CEBRIAN, Rebeca  and  FROXAN-PARGA, María X. Insight in terms of behavior in the clinical context: transfer and rule-governed behavior. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2022, vol.33, n.3, pp.109-115.  Epub Mar 13, 2023. ISSN 2174-0550.

A redefinition of insight-type events is presented, an initial attempt to view insight in terms of behavior analysis in the clinical context and relevant variables are suggested for their study. This definition assumes the insight as a novel behavior that involves the search for solutions to psychological problems. Solving a problem is discovering an effective behavior pattern, based on the creation of verbal rules that help the client to reach the solution. In this problem-solving process, a new behavior emerges, explained through the solution of a transfer task. The theoretical proposal exposed allows a better understanding of this phenomenon, overcoming the problems of mentalist conceptions about the term of insight, and contributes to a better understanding of some relevant elements of change process.

Keywords : Insight; Behavior analysis; Rule-governed behavior; Transference; Clinical change.

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