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. 65, No. 4, 2011

An Object Relations Approach to Cult Membership
Several pieces of literature suggest that most individuals who are successfully integrated into cults do not typically manifest symptoms of mental illness. However, the public is often taken aback by the lack of autonomy displayed by cult members and...
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Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Therapy According to Pierre Janet concerning Conversion Disorders and Dissociative Disorders
Pierre Janet's works on conversion disorders or dissociative disorders has mainly fallen to the wayside in favour of Freud's works. In the first part of this paper, Janet's conception of hysteria is discussed and his place in French psychiatry described....
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Marriage Education for Clinicians
The field of marriage education has come to be dominated by nonprofessionals with no clinical training because clinicians interested in relationships typically provide marital therapy to couples in distress rather than marriage education to healthy couples....
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Psychopathia Sexualis: The Case Histories
Richard von Kraeft-Ebing: Psychopathia Sexualis: The Case Histories. (D. Fall, Trans.). Washington, D.C.: Solar Books, 2011, 213 pp., $16.95. ISBN-13 978-0982046470Krafft-Ebing's now classic work on deviant sexuality is both a landmark in psychiatric...
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Shame in the Therapy Hour
Rhonda L. Dearing and June Price Tangney, Eds.: Shame in the Therapy Hour. American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., 2011, 428 pp., U.S. $69.95, ISBN: 1433809672Psychotherapists routinely navigate a host of problems involving avoidance and...
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The Induction of Noninterpreted Benevolent Transference as a Vehicle for Change
It has become widely accepted that nontransference interpretation can have power (Blum, 1983). My intent in this paper is to describe an active, intentionally evoked, but uninterpreted, positive transference that is designed to effect change in the patient...
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The Patient-Therapist Interaction and the Recognition of Affects during the Process of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Depression
The perceptions of patients (n=25) and their therapists about psychodynamic psychotherapy for depression were assessed during the first treatment year using 23 scales. Patients and therapists independently evaluated the impact of depression on the therapeutic...
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