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. 50, No. 4, Fall

Anti-Psychoanalytic Cultural Forces in the Development of Western Civilization
Why did a Freud appear on the world stage at the end of the nineteenth century? Why did dynamic psychiatry originate in this period and not before or later? An historian or a sociologist could attempt to solve this problem by the usual method; that is,...
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Comments On: Benjamin Wolstein, Ph.D.: "The Analysis of Transference as an Interpersonal Process"
Wolstein's thought foreshadowed what many analysts now believe: that a change in scientific paradigm has been evolving in contemporary psychoanalysis, a shift from processes thought to originate in the depths of an isolated mental apparatus to processes...
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Comments On: Ben Karpman, M.D.: "Insecurity in Search of Security"
Although Otto Fenichel listed four items by Ben Karpman in his cumulative bibliography of psychoanalytic writings in 1945,1 Karpman's professional reputation appears to have faded away in the ensuing years. Try as you may, you will find no mention of...
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Comments On: Frederic Wertham, M.D., et Al.: "The Psychopathology of Comic Books": A Symposium
ARNOLD M. LUDWIG,M.D.* It is remarkable that almost 50 years ago, the ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF PSYCHOTHERAPY had the foresight to sponsor a symposium on the subject of comic books. After reviewing the comments in this symposium, I am struck...
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Comments On: Jan Ehrenwald, M.D.: Patterns of Neurotic Interaction
Each generation has a language, a theory, and a certain fund of knowledge slowly acquired from experimental design or from confluent validity that stems from allied disciplines such as sociology or anthropology. Dr. Ehrenwald's article, then as it is...
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Comments On: Joost A.M. Meerloo, M.D.: "Some Psychological Processes in Supervision of Therapists"
THEODORE SHAPIRO M.D.* Meerloo's 1952 commentary on the psychological processes in supervision provides a practical working frame for teaching dynamic psychotherapy. The brief paper alerts us to the pitfalls of controlling our supervisees versus teaching...
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Comments On: Jurgen Ruesch: Communication Difficulties among Psychiatrists
"Communication Difficulties among Psychiatrists" is one of the articles in which Jurgen Ruesch propagates the ideas he first proposed in Communication: The social matrix of psychiatry1 Many of us think of Watzlawick et al.'s 1967 Pragmatics of Human...
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Comments On: Lewis R. Wolberg, M.D.: "Hypnosis and Psychoanalytic Therapy (Hypnoanalysis)"
In 1987, writing about future trends in psychotherapy, Wolberg stated: "Many professionals are hostages to their early training rigidities"' (p. 252). Reviewing his paper on "Hypnosis and Psychoanalytic Therapy (Hypnoanalysis)," published in 1947 during...
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Comments On: Nathan Roth, M.D.: "The Aim of Psychoanalytic Therapy"
In 1955, psychoanalytic theory and therapy reached their zenith of popularity in the United States, with a relatively well-established consensus as to what constituted psychoanalytic technique and process. From today's perspective, Roth's paper illustrates...
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Comments On: Saul Scheidlinger, Ph.D.: "The Concept of Indentification in Group Psychotherapy"
Reviewing one's own article written over four decades ago conjures up many reflections, both personal and historical. To begin with, having since then become a proponent of an integrative and pluralistic stance on group-therapy theory and practice, I...
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Comments On: Silvano Arieti: Anti-Psychoanalytic Cultural Forces in the Development of Western Civilization
In this wide-ranging essay, grounded in extensive knowledge of cultural history, Arieti singles out three factors that conspired to delay for centuries in the Western world the widespread acceptance of psychoanalytic doctrine: The Aristotelian emphasis...
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Communication Difficulties among Psychiatrists
COMMUNICATION DIFFICULTIES AMONG PSYCHIATRISTS* Psychotherapeutic medicine is the principal subject matter to which discussions between psychotherapists refer. Sometimes the conversation bears upon the patient's behavior in general or upon his intentional...
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Editorial
The Association for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, the parent organization of the American Journal of Psychotherapy, was chartered in 1939, the year of Sigmund Freud's passing. Circa 1939 we note, as well, the loss of many pioneers of psychiatric...
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Hypnosis and Psychoanalytic Therapy (Hypnoanalysis)
Palliative psychotherapy reinforced by hypnosis may be eminently successful in a certain number of cases. It may provide a patient with methods by which he can improve his relationships with people. It may teach him how to pattern his life around his...
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Insecurity in Search of Security
Few will doubt that the feeling of insecurity is one of the strongest, most pervading and impelling emotional forces in our life. It is with us virtually from the moment of our birth, making its appearance before other emotions, and following us through...
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Patterns of Neurotic Interaction: A Study of Empathy and Enkinesis in Interpersonal Relationships
Human behavior, for the purpose of the present study, can conveniently be discussed under three headings: one determined by internal stimuli, e.g., hunger; one determined by stimuli arising from physical objects in the outside world; and one determined...
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Some Psychological Processes in Supervision of Therapists
The process of personal guidance of the psychotherapeutic candidate on his road to therapeutic maturity has always given me special pleasure. The intimate cooperation between the supervisor and the candidate often rendered as much insight to me as it...
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The Aim of Psychoanalytic Therapy
THE AIM OF PSYCHOANALYTIC THERAPY* 1 Within the broad expanse of the discipline of medicine, which aims at the preservation and restoration of health and the prolongation of life, there exists the subdivision of psychiatry whose special field of endeavor...
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The Analysis of Transference as an Interpersonal Process
THE ANALYSIS OF TRANSFERENCE AS AN INTERPERSONAL PROCESS1* When Freud first set forth his concept of transference, he presented it as a sort of addendum to what he then considered to be the central tool of his new method of psychotherapy. In 1904 free...
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The Concept of Indentification in Group Psychotherapy
THE CONCEPT OF IDENTIFICATION IN GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY* Group psychotherapy has taken giant steps forward in the last twenty years. As might be expected with such a new and energetically growing field, theory building and conceptualization have been outdistanced...
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The Psychopathology of Comic Books
THE PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF COMIC BOOKS* A Symposium** FREDERIC WERTHAM, M.D. New York, N. Y INTRODUCTION Psychiatry was practiced intramurally in institutions originally, and only gradually concerned itself with the mental hygiene problems outside. In the...
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