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. 55, No. 1, 2001

Changing the Unchangeable: Brief Therapy with Intimidating Cases
RICHARD FISCH AND KARIN SCHLANGER: Changing the Unchangeable: Brief Therapy with Intimidating Cases. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1999, 163 pp., $34.95, ISBN 0-7879-4364-9. These days, it seems there are nearly as many models and paradigms...
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Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families: From Old Problems to New Futures
WILLIAM C. MADSEN: Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families: From Old Problems to New Futures. The Guilford Press, New York, 1999, 358 pp., $35.00, ISBN 1-57230-490-1. Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families is as much about the...
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Felicia's Journey: An Object-Relational Study of Psychopathy
This paper examines Atom Egoyan's film, Felicia's Journey, based on the novel of the same name by William Trevor, from an object-relational viewpoint. The protagonist's characteristic defense mechanisms of splitting, projection, and denial, which are...
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Freud's Megalomania
ISRAEL ROSENFIELD: Freud's Megalomania. New York: W.W. Norton, 2000, 173 pp., $19.95, ISBN 0-393-04898-5. Israel Rosenfield, a distinguished scholar of the history of science calls his book Freud's Megalomania a work of fiction and we do not usually...
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General Introduction to the Psychotherapy of Pierre Janet
This article deals with Pierre Janet's concept of "Psychological Analysis" (analyse psychologique). It brings out Janet's criticism of Sigmund Freud's ideas, and delineates the difference between psychological analysis (Janet) and psychoanalysis (Freud),...
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Illusion and Disillusion: Core Issues in Psychotherapy
STANLEY H. TEITELBAUM: Illusion and Disillusion: Core Issues in Psychotherapy. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 1999,305 pp., $45.00, ISBN 0-7657-0219-3. In the acknowledgments, the author thanks Wolfe for having taught him how to write. This struck me...
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Immigration and Identity. Turmoil, Treatment and Transformation
SALMAN AKHTAR: Immigration and Identity. Turmoil, Treatment and Transformation. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, London, 1999, 219 pp., $40.00 ISBN 0-7657-0232-0. The migration of people across the globe has become part of our current landscape and we eagerly...
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Psychiatry and Religion: The Convergence of Mind and Spirit
This book represents a significant contribution to the therapy of a population of seriously distressed patients. St. Louis, MO PAUL A. DEWALD, M.D. JAMES K. BOEHNLEIN (ED.): Psychiatry and Religion: The Convergence of Mind and Spirit. American Psychiatric...
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Psychoanalytic Clinical Practice
RICHARD D. CHESSICK, MR: Psychoanalytic Clinical Practice. Free Association Books, London, 2000,294 pp., $30.00, ISBN 1-85343-479-5. This book presents an in-depth investigation of classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theories and therapeutic approaches...
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Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Adults with Brain Injury or Stroke: A Clinician's Treatment Resource
KAREN G. LANGER, PH.D., LINDA LAATSCH, PH.D., & LISA LEWIS, PH.D. (EDS.) Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Adults with Brain Injury or Stroke: A Clinician's Treatment Resource, Madison, CT., Psychosocial Press, 1999. 257 pages, price $35.00, ISBN...
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Psychotherapy in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Psychotherapy in the Consultation-Liaison (C-L) setting is shaped by the realities of the patient's situation, since all patients referred are dealing with physical illness. The patient's state of physical and mental health will determine both the type...
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Rediscoverig Existential Psychotherapy: The Contribution of Ludwig Binswanger
Ludwig Binswanger, a founder of the existential school of psychiatry, attempted to apply philosophical ideas derived from Martin Heidegger, such as Heidegger's views on the mind-body problem, to the understanding and treatment of psychiatric patients....
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Re-Minding the Body
The author discusses a fragment of the analysis of a patient who had experienced both neglect and sexual molestation during early childhood. The analysand had developed a defensively hypertrophied form of mindedness in an effort to gain some sense of...
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Schizoid Anxiety: A Reappraisal of the Manic Defense and the Depressive Position
The author views the manic defense as a combined attempt to control persecutory objects and to save them from the aggressive forces within the ego. Rather than strictly a manifestation of depressive guilt, it is also a defense against the fear of destroying...
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The Narcissistic Function in Obsessive-Compulsive Neurosis
Freud's intrapersonal concept of anal-sadistic regression is set against the interpretation of obsessive-compulsive neurosis as a structural ego deficit. The interpersonal dimension that comes to the fore as a result of this, becomes clear if we focus...
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The Phoenix Phenomenon: Rising from the Ashes of Grief
JOANNE T. JOZEFOWSKI: The Phoenix Phenomenon: Rising from the Ashes of Grief. Jason Aronson, Inc., Northvale, NJ, 1999, 246 pp., $40.00, ISBN: 0-7657-- 0209-6. Dr. Jozefowski is an experienced (R.N., Ph.D.) psychotherapist who is a diplomate of the International...
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The Relationship Code: Deciphering Genetic and Social Influences on Adolescent Development
DAVID REISS WiTH JENAE M. NEIDERHISER, E. MAVIS HETHERINGTON AND ROBERT PLOMIN: The Relationship Code: Deciphering Genetic and Social Influences on Adolescent Development. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2000,532 pp., $55.00, ISBN 0-674-00054-4....
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The Traumatic Bond between the Psychotherapist and Managed Care
KAREN WEISGERBER (ED.): The Traumatic Bond Between the Psychotherapist and Managed Care. Jason Aronson Inc., Northvale, NJ, London, 1999, 254 pp., $44.00, ISNB 0-7657-0180-4. This book addresses the impact on psychotherapists and their patients, training...
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Training Psychotherapists in Attributes of "Mind" from Zen and Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Part I: Core Principles, Emptiness, Impermanence, and Paradox
This paper outlines the principles of a conceptual foundation for an innovative approach to the training of the modern psychotherapist, using certain technical and philosophical precepts found in the practice of Zen, divorced from its usual role as a...
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Training Psychotherapists in Attributes of "Mind" from Zen and Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Part II: Attention, Here and Now, Nonattachment, and Compassion
Part II of this paper enumerates four additional attributes of mind derived from Zen that could enrich the training of a psychotherapist. These include: training and modulation of the therapist's attention, the centrality of the concept of "here and...
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Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
LATA K. MCGINN & WILLIAM C. SANDERSON: Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Northvale, NJ, Jason Aronson Inc. 1999, 296 pp., $40.00, ISBN 0-76-570-2118. Drs. Lata McGinn and William Sanderson have responded to the demands of the health care...
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Whose Freud?: The Place of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Culture
PETER BROOKS AND ALEX WOLOCH, EDS: Whose Freud?: The Place of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Culture. Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2000,342 pp., $19.95, ISBN 0-300-08745-4. The debate about psychoanalysis, its validity, the truths of...
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