The aim of this study is to investigate whether personality traits, attachment style, other variables concerning personal characteristics and life events experienced by the therapist can influence his/her own professional interest. A sample of 61 psychotherapists and 39 students at the fourth year of specialization in psychotherapy, belonging to the main theoretical approaches, answered to an online test battery. The differences between the therapists and residents were evaluated through Chi-square and t-Student. The logistic regression analysis was used to identify possible predictors
(independent variables) of professional interests (dependent variables) with significance level set at p<0.05. The sample was homogenous in gender and theoretical orientation while, as expected, the average age was significantly higher in the group of psychotherapists. No differences were observed between the therapists and residents in psychometric tests. Our results showed that life events (eg. experienced a trauma suffered by another person, a punitive educational style received, interpersonal problems), temperamental traits (eg. novelty seeking, reward dependence) and behavioral styles (eg. aggressiveness, assertiveness) were independent predictors of interest therapist to particular diseases.
Keywords: Therapist characteristics, therapist experiences, personality, theoretical orientation.
Matteo Aloi, Erica Curcio, Marida D’Andrea, Mariateresa Felicetti, Roberta Laganà, Stella Malavenda, Elvira Perla Messineo, Rossella Maria Milano, Maura Placanica, Amelia Rizzo, Maria Rizzuto, Gaetano Mangiola, Therapist’s characteristics and professional interest in "QUADERNI DI PSICOTERAPIA COGNITIVA" 40/2017, pp. 21-37, DOI:10.3280/QPC2017-040002