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. 4, Fall

A Psychoanalysis of Love: The Patient with Deadly Longing
Freud made some seriously mistaken assumptions about mature love based on his notion about the role unconscious guilt plays in human affairs. Clinical data are presented here about a young man, who implicated in the suicides of two of his colleagues,...
A Time-Saving Technique for the Treatment of Simple Phobias
Two cases are presented in detail and two in summary fashion to illustrate a technique that can frequently he used instead of systematic desensitization to reduce the time needed to treat simple phobias. This method combines techniques developed by Strategic...
Coming of Age: The Adolescent in Psychotherapy
Beware of adolescence! Oh, what a terrible, confusing time! Oh, if one can only get through this period of one's life! Then all is okay, one has reached adulthood and is safe from those turbulent teen years. The worst is behind us. The only consolation...
"Generative Caring" Psychotherapy for Patients Who Are Reluctant to Talk
Patients seek psychotherapy for relief of symptoms and resolution ofproblems in living. Yet, they sometimes balk at the prospect of having to choose a topic without being prompted by therapist questions. This paper suggests that this apparently self-sabotaging...
Interpreting Transference in the Supervision of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Interpreting Transference in the Supervision of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy* Supervisors of analytic psychotherapy have long wrestled with the question of whether interpretation has a legitimate role in dealing with supervisee countertransference and...
Letters to the Editor / Dennis L Bull Replies:
Dear Editor: As a colleague who specializes in trauma and sexual abuse/incest, I read Dr. Dennis Bull's article, "A Verified Case of Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse," (American Journal of Psychotherapy, 53, 221-224) with considerable interest and...
Love and Its Place in Nature
JONATHAN LEAR: Love and Its Place in Nature. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1998,243 pp., $12.50 (paper), ISBN 0-300-07467-0. Early in his career, Freud claimed that he had no interest in philosophy. Yet, later, in his works on culture and society,...
Open Minded: Working out the Logic of the Soul
JONATHAN LEAR: Open Minded: Working Out the Logic of the Soul. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1998,345 pp., $35.00, ISBN 0-674-45533-9. The rationale for bringing this book to the attention of psychotherapists is definitely the presence of...
Performative Statements and the Will: Mechanisms of Psychotherapeutic Change
Performative Statements and the Will: Mechanisms of Psychotherapeutic Change* Performative statements are much discussed in the philosophy of language, e. g., by the linguistic philosopher, J. L. Austin, where they are distinguished from descriptive...
Psychoanalytic Pluralism and Its Vicissitudes
For the past decade, like a latter-day psychoanalytic St. Augustine, Fred Pine has been attempting to construct a City of Psychoanalysis in which each of the major divergent theories of psychoanalysis will have a definite place and an equal prominence....
Short-Term Dynamic Therapy as a Unique Container
SHORT-TERM DYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY: A CONTENTS-FRAMEWORK DIALOGUE There are unique characteristics to short-term psychotherapy that influence not only the course of the therapeutic process but also the ability to intensify it. The body of professional...
Talking about Therapy
DONNA D. COMAROW AND MARTHA W, CHESCHEIR: Talking About Therapy. Bergin and Garvey, Westport, CT, 1999,217 pp., $26.95, ISBN 0-89789-537-1. It is generally understood that psychotherapists, during the course of their professional careers, receive their...
The Evolution of the Internal Dialogue during the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Process
This article illustrates curative changes occurring in psychoanalytic psychotherapy by developing the internal dialogue in the mind. By the internal dialogue, I mean the internalization of the therapy process during the recurrent therapy sessions so...
Therapy Manuals and the Dilemma of Dynamically Oriented Therapists and Researchers
The presence of therapy manuals in clinical settings is increasing and the related concepts of adherence and competence are becoming familiar The benefits of manuals for research and training are evident. However, negative clinical effects have also...