Psychotherapy Theory Research Practice 18(1):117-122 · December 1980
Richard Corriere and his co-authors in an article published in the journal Journal of Psychotherapy Theory Research & Practice research on 221 patients as patients learned new skills. Their research showed that when compared to a control group patients increased their scores in the Personal Orientation Inventory which measures self-actualization and their positive scores on the Eysenck Personality Inventory which measures neutroticism vs. extraversion
The inspiration behind the research was from Corriere’s interest in anthropology and the research on the Senoi Tribe in Malaysia. The Senoi focused on the development of the positive dream and waking behavior as supported by AbrahamMaslow and Carl Rogers.
Corriere and his co-workers developed a program which enable people to identify the skills they need to achieve their life goals. Skills which could be learn through practice and peer support. The most radical proposition was that people could help each other rather than relying solely on professional help.
Corriere’s ideas on bringing the idea of Psychological Fitness are found in his three books: Life Zones Source, Source Italian Psychological Fitness Psychological Fitness, Source French and Going Sane GS Source, Source German. Each of the three books builds on the concept that few people are truly mentally disturbed and most people suffer because they lack basic life skills. Skills which can be learned through practice.