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. 53, No. 3, Summer

Broken Images, Broken Selves-Dissociative Narratives in Clinical Practice
STANLEY KRIPPNER AND SUSAN MARIE PowERs, EDS.: Broken Images, Broken Selves-Dissociative Narratives in Clinical Practice. Brunner/Mazel, Washington, DC, 1997, 372 pp., $44.95, ISBN 0-87630-851-5. This edited book provides a fascinating look into nonclinical...
Deconstructing DID
The author contends that a psychoanalytically informed approach to the patient with dissociative identity disorder (DID) can be very useful However, there are difficulties in conceptualizing this condition without extending existing theory or applying...
Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A New Treatment Approach for Suicidal Adolescents
Suicide accounts for more adolescent deaths in the United States than all natural causes combined and ranks as the third leading cause of death among 15- to 19-year-olds (1). It is estimated that in 1990, almost 300,000 high school students in the United...
Dissociative Identity Disorder: Recent Developments
In recent years Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), despite the controversy that surrounds virtually every aspect of the phenomenology, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition, has been diagnosed...
Do They Grow out of It: Long-Term Outcomes of Childhood Disorders
LILY HECHTMAN, ED.: Do They Grow Out Of It?: Long-Term Outcomes of Childhood Disorders. American Psychiatric Press, Inc., Washington, DQ 1996, 287 pp., ISBN 0-88048-703-8. The book consists of a preface and eleven chapters each mostly devoted to a particular...
Dreams and Emotional Adaptation: A Clinical Notebook for Psychotherapists
ROBERT LANGS: Dreams and Emotional Adaptation: A Clinical Notebook for Psychotherapists. Zeig, Tucker, & Co., Phoenix, AZ, 1998, 201 pp., $32.95, ISBN 1-891944-05-3. In Dreams and Emotional Adaptation: A Clinical Notebook for Psychotherapists, Robert...
Edgar Allan Poe's "Ligeia": An Object-Relational Interpretation
This paper argues that Poe's short story "Ligeia, " in which the narrator experiences the death of his adored first wife (Ligeia), a second marriage to the despised Rowena, and ultimately the death of Rowena and the revivification of Ligeia, is not a...
Ideology, Conflict, and Leadership in Groups and Organizations
OT-ro E KERNBERG: Ideology, Conflict, and Leadership in Groups and Organizations. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1998, 307 pp., $47.00, ISBN 0-300-07355-0. Otto Kernberg is one of the foremost proponents of using psychoanalytic theory as a tool...
Lay Analysis: Life Inside the Controversy
ROBERT S. WALLERSTEIN: Lay Analysis: Life Inside the Controversy. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1998, xv+511 pp., $40.00, ISBN 1-56821-363-8. This is a very interesting and unusual book. It contains 455 pages of a chronicle in detail of the evolution...
Madness on the Couch: Blaming the Victim in the Heyday of Psychoanalysis
EDwARD DOLNICK: Madness on the Couch: Blaming the Victim in the Heyday of Psychoanalysis. Simon & Schuster, New York, 1998, 348 pp., $25.00, ISBN 0-684-82497-3. Censoriousness is not an attractive quality, even though it can have short-term advantages,...
Object Relations in Severe Trauma: Therapy of the Sexually Abused Child
STEPHEN Pmo, PfLD., PsY.D.: Object Relations in Severe Trauma: Therapy of the Sexually Abused Child. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 1996, 188 pp., $40.00, ISBN 1-56821-554-1. In Object Relations in Severe Trauma: Psychology of the Sexually Abused Child,...
Role of Sexual Abuse in the Etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder
MARY C. ZANAMNI, ED.: Role of Sexual Abuse in the Etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder. American Psychiatric Press, Washington, DC, 1997, 247 pp., $40.00, ISBN 0-88048-496-9. The forty-ninth book of the American Psychiatric Association's Progress...
Sexual Abuse: Treating Trauma in the Era of the Recovered Memory Debate
JuDITH L. ALPERT, ED.: Sexual Abuse: Treating Trauma in the Era of the Recovered Memory Debate. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 1995, 410 pp., $40.00, ISBN 1-56821-363-8. Treating sexual trauma in the context of scientific and legal controversies about...
Successful Treatment of Refractory Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
A case study is presented of a 40-year-old man with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He had been treated with long-term institutional placement electroconvulsive therapy, exhaustive pharmacotherapy. and psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy....
The "Adualistic" Representation of Trauma: On Malignant Internalization
This paper suggests that traumatic memories are represented in a way that is qualitatively different from nontraumatic memories. The argument depends upon a concept of self, derived from Hughlings Jackson and William James, which is double, involving...
The Aging Family: New Visions in Theory, Practice, and Reality
TERRY D. HARGRAVE, PH.D. AND SUZANNE MIDoRi HANNA, PH.D., EDS.: The Aging Family: New Visions in Theory, Practice, and Reality. Brunner/Mazel, New York: 1997, 338 pp., $39.95, ISBN 0-87630-841-8. This edited book contains several well-written and informative...
The Disordered Couple
JON CARLSON, Psy.D., ED.D. AND LEN SPE.RRY, M.D., PH.D., EDS.: The Disordered Couple. Brunner/Mazel, New York, 1998, 342 pp., $38.95, ISBN 0-87630815-9. The original contribution of this book is that it focuses on couples where one or both partners has...
The Tactical-Integration Model for the Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder and Allied Dissociative Disorders
The ebb and flow of the diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and other dissociative conditions has led to the evolution of theories and treatment modalities to resolve the fluctuating and ephemerous symptoms of these conditions. This paper...