American Journal of Psychotherapy

The American Journal of Psychotherapy is a professional journal covering issues in psychotherapy, including book reviews and software reviews. Founded in 1939, the Association for the Advancement of Psychotherapy publishes the American Journal of Psychotherapy four times a year. Dr. Byram T. Karasu is Editor-in-Chief.

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 2, Spring

Buried but Not Dead: Resuscitating Psychoanalysis in the Twenty-First Century
This paper argues that psychoanalysis is not dead, but in the process of being revived in a more cogent and less erroneous form so it may thrive in the twentieth century. The weak adaptive position is seen as the key error in mainstream psychoanalytic...
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Charismatic Leadership, Boundary Issues, and Collusion
The authors suggest that a charismatic leadership style has an impact on the maintenance of boundaries and standards of practice within a department of psychiatry. They also underline the need for all members of a self regulated professional group to...
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Conflict in Group Therapy of Chronic Schizophrenics: Coping with Aggression
This paper describes a pivotal group session in which there was a major conflict between two members of a group that has met for many years. The group serves chronically ill outpatients suffering primarily from schizophrenia or schizoaffective illness....
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Contemporary Art Therapy with Adolescents
SHIRLEY RILEY: Contemporary Art Therapy with Adolescents. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London & Philadelphia, PA, 1999, 285 pp., $26.95, ISBN 1-85302-63. "Teenagers are willing to draw and create art as freely as they resist talking to an adult....
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Editorial on the Millennium: The Procession of Times and Paradigms
Like religion, psychotherapy has been always based on paradigms. In circular time, the millennium gives a false sense of closure, but in fact it only signifies the times of Jesus's birth and the beginning of Christianity. In linear time, it signifies...
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From Isolated Minds to Experiential Worlds: An Intersubjective Space Odyssey
This paper recasts psychoanalysis as a post-Cartesian, contextual psychology, which grasps the constitutive role of relatedness in the making of all experience. In my view, the singularly most important development in psychoanalysis (and, by extension,...
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Great Expectations: Mistaken Beliefs of Beginning Psychodynamic Psychotherapists
Beginning psychotherapists often have mistaken assumptions about what it is that constitutes good psychotherapy and a good psychotherapist. These mistaken beliefs are counterproductive and may inhibit the development of appropriate psychotherapeutic...
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Humor and Psyche: Psychoanalytic Perspectives
JAMES W BARRON (ED.) Humor and Psyche: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. The Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, 1999, 232 pp., $45.00, ISBN 0-88163-257-0. Humor and Psyche can be read fruitfully for both enjoyment and knowledge (Most books I read are for one...
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Philosophy Practice: An Alternative to Counseling and Psychotherapy
SHLOMIT C. ScHusTER: Philosophy Practice: An Alternative to Counseling and Psychotherapy. Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT, 1999, 224 pp., $59.95, ISBN 0-275-96541-4. The intersection of philosophy and psychotherapy is an interesting and important one....
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Physician Sexual Misconduct
JOSEPH D. BLOOM, M.D., CAROL C. NADELSON, M.D. AND MALKAH T NOTMAN, M.D., EDS: Physician Sexual Misconduct. American Psychiatric Press, Inc., Washington, DC, 1999, 304 pp. $49.95, ISBN 0-88048-706-2. Editors Nadelson and Notman are well known as pioneers...
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Prisoners of Hate: The Cognitive Basis of Anger, Hostility, and Violence
AARON T. BECK: Prisoners of Hate: The Cognitive Basis of Anger, Hostility, and Violence. HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., New York, 1999, 354 pp., $26.00, ISBN 0-06-019377-8. This volume offers an exceptionally broad-based look at manifestations of anger...
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The Transference in Psychotherapy: The Old vs. the New, Analytic vs. Dynamic
This article takes a look at the concept of transference from several contemporary perspectives. It compares the traditional (or classical) view of transference with a more contemporary view based on the joint creation of the transference. It then discusses...
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The Value of a Psychodynamic Approach in the Managed Care Setting
The managed care setting presents significant challenges to all psychotherapists. Psychodynamic therapists, however, experience specific difficulties in this environment. Despite managed care's general hostility toward psychodynamic theory and practice,...
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Will Reason Prevail?: From Classic Psychoanalysis to New Age Therapy
Half a century ago, I enrolled in my first undergraduate psychology course, and about 45 years ago, at my initial practicum site, I saw my first patient. This brief paper will discuss what I see as a few of the significant changes (for good and bad)...
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