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. 1, Winter

A Bad Case of Mixed Metaphors: Psychiatry, Law, Politics, Society, and Ezra Pound
The article by Frederic Wertham, "The Road to Rapallo: A Psychiatric Study," written one-half century ago, could just as well have been written today. The only difference is that psychiatry has become so impressed by its seemingly scientific, diagnostic...
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Being of Two Minds: The Vertical Split in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
ARNOLD GOLDBERG. Being of Two Minds: The Vertical Split in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, The Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, 1999, 200 pp., $34.50, ISBN 0-88163-308-9. Arnold Goldberg, one of the original disciples of Heinz Kohut and proponents of...
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Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity: An Integrative Guide for Assessment and Treatment
J. KEVIN THOMPSON (ED.): Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity: An Integrative Guide for Assessment and Treatment. American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., 1996, 517 pp., $49.95, ISBN 1-55798-423-0. An excellent resource for professionals,...
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Creating Excellence in Crisis Care: A Guide to Effective Training and Program Designs
LEE ANN HOFF AND KAZIMIERA ADAMOWSKI: Creating Excellence in Crisis Care: A Guide to Effective Training and Program Designs. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA. 1998, 256 pp., $25.00, ISBN 0-7879-4071-2. This is a book about the organization of crisis-care...
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Exacting Beauty: Theory, Assessment and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance
J. KEVIN THOMPSON, LESLIE J. HEINBERG, MADELINE ALTABE, AND STACEY TANTELEFF-DUNN: Exacting Beauty: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment of Body Image Disturbance. American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., 1998, 396 pp., $39.95, ISBN 1-55798-541-3....
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Intrapsychic Momentum and the Psychoanalytic Process
A clinically orientated definition of psychoanalysis is proposed and distinctions are made between interactive counseling, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and psychoanalysis. Elements of the treatment, such as frequency, diagnosis, and use of the couch...
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Love and Barriers to Love: An Analysis for Psychotherapists and Others
It is vitally important that psychotherapists bring a strong understanding of the nature of love to their work with the many clients who are struggling, in one way or another, with love relationships. With this in mind, the present paper is designed...
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Mental Disorders in Older Adults: Fundamentals of Assessment and Treatment
STEVEN H. ZARIT AND JUDY M. ZARIT, Mental Disorders in Older Adults: Fundamentals of Assessment and Treatment. New York, The Guilford Press. 1998, 418 pp., $38.95, ISBN 1-57230-368-9. Mental Disorders in Older Adults is an excellent source book that...
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On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Recounting and Life History
HENRY GREENSPAN: On Listening to Holocaust Survivors: Recounting and Life History, Praeger Trade, Westport, CT, 1998, 199 pp., $24.95, ISBN 0-27595718-7. The art of listening and listening well is the basis of psychotherapy Amongst people needing to...
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Praxis as a Radical Alternative to Scientific Frameworks for Psychotherapy
This article propounds that formal clinical frameworks do not provide answers to the significant technical problems that typically confront certain types of psychotherapists in their daily work. Specifically, it is claimed that for a certain class of...
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Prozac Diary
SLATER: Prozac Diary. Random House, New York. 1998, 203 pp:, $21:95, ISBN 067945721-fi: Lauren Slater's Prozac Diary is worth reading for the language alone. After more than ten years on the drug, Slater mourns the loss of the white-hot, almost sexual...
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Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man
JACK DRESCHER, M.D.: Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, Inc., 1998, 384 pp., $55.00, ISBN #0-88163-208-2 Before even reaching the first word of this book, I found myself braced for an assault. Its title points...
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Psychotherapy of Sexual Dysfunction
There is a palpable tension in the sexological literature between an empirical/biological approach that focuses on the phenomenology of sexual behavior and a theoretical/psychological approach that explores the quality of the subjective experience of...
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Relating in Psychotherapy: The Application of a New Theory
JOHN BIRTCHNELL: Relating in Psychotherapy: The Application of a New Theory. Praeger, Westport, CT, 1999, 228 pp., $65.00, ISBN: 0-275-96376-4. Relating in Psychotherapy provides both a new theoretical basis for psychotherapy in various modalities and...
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Smoke and Mirrors: The Devastating Effect of False Sexual Abuse Claims
TERENCE W. CAMPBELL: Smoke and Mirrors: The Devastating Effect of False Sexual Abuse Claims. Insight Books (Plenum Press), New York, 1998, 338 pp., $28.95, ISBN 0-306-45984-1. Terence W Campbell's Smoke and Mirrors: The Devastating Effect of False Sexual...
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The Couple Assessment Summary: A Bridge from Assessment to Treatment
Treatment of couples presenting for therapy typically necessitates a process of riding out the storm of contention, entering the contextual framework in which the couple is relating and developing an understanding of the couple's interactive as well...
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The Nazi's Daughter: The Therapist as Jewish Mother
The article gives an inside look at a case where posttraumatic stress is intertwined with disturbances in object relations and ego-identity. The patient was a victim of a brutal authoritarian father who had abused her sexually. The trauma left her powerless...
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The Road to Rapallo: A Psychiatric Study
Bell & Howell Information and Learning; Foreign text omitted "It is, and as not, 1 am sane enough"-Ezra Pound in Sub Mare Psychiatrists have often undertaken scientific studies of writers and artists. Nearly always the artist was dead and the issues...
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The Use of the Psychodynamic Life Narrative in Crisis Supervision
RODNEY SLONIM, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.* BRIAN HODGES, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.** The psychodynamic life narrative is a statement that is made to the patient that gives current emotional reaction meaning in the context of his life history and shows it to be a logical...
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Thomas Mann's Tonio Kroger: A Study of the Protagonist's Emergence from the Schizoid to the Depressive Position
The protagonist of Thomas Mann's novella Tonio Kroger is examined in terms of object-relational theory. This approach z's briefly compared with the interpretation that might be offered by structural theorists. Kroger, the son of an authoritarian and...
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Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy
ROBERT ROSENBAUM: Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy. Brunner/Mazel, Philadelphia, PA, 1998, 320 pages, $39.95, ISBN #0-87630-891-4. Buddhism has been a longstanding interest of psychotherapists. Recently, Molino (The Couch and the Tree, North Point...
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