Task analyses of emotional change
American Psychological Association
The task-analysis research methodology is a defining feature of emotion focused therapy (EFT) and is closely tied to the therapy practice. During this process, the researcher alternates between observing the data and conjecturing about the required states to construct a model of the steps necessary to resolve the problem. The initial models, such as the model of two-chair dialogue for conflict splits, empty-chair dialogue for unfinished business, and systematic evocative unfolding at problematic reactions, describe the important macrostructure of these emotional processing difficulties. This chapter adds to these original models by analyzing specific problematic emotions separately, adding specificity to which experiential states occur as people process their emotions. They are model of resolution of arrested anger, the model of shame, the model of insecurity, the model of vulnerability, and model of anguish. The chapter concludes how some of the findings could potentially generalize beyond the models they arose in.