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. 49, No. 4, Fall

Acting out and the Narrative Function: Reconsidering Peter Blos's Concept of the Second Individuation Process
INTRODUCTIONThe role and meaning of narratives in psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy has begun to be explored over the past few years. Work on this subject has been submitted by such authors as Jurgen Habermas, Russell Jacoby, Michael Sherwood,...
Addictive Sexual Behavior
The subject of hypersexuality has titillated mankind since the time of the Greek myths and their descriptions of satyrs and of the revels of the god, Dionysius. The pain and torment accompanying this condition was rarely noted, however, until the writings...
Book Reviews -- American Psychiatric Glossary Edited by Jane Edgerton and Robert Campbell
JANE EDGERTON AND ROBERT CAMPBELL, EDS.: American Psychiatric Glossary. Seventh Edition. American Psychiatric Press, Washington D.C. 1994, 182 pp., $27.00.Charles Rycroft in an introduction to his classic A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis alluded...
Book Reviews -- Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies in Crisis Intervention Edited by Frank M. Dattilio and Arthur Freeman
FRANK M. DATTILIO AND ARTHUR FREEMAN, EDS.: Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies in Crisis Intervention. The Guilford Press, New York, 1994, 412 pp., $7.95.Arguably, cognitive therapy has become the pre-eminent psychological treatment modality. Research has...
Book Reviews -- Constructing the Self, Constructing America. A Cultural History of Psychotherapy by Philip Cushman
PHILIP CUSHMAN: Constructing the Self, Constructing America. A Cultural History of Psychotherapy. Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, 1995, 430 pp., $27.50.Philip Cushman, member of the core faculty of the California School of Professional Psychology, Alameda/Berkeley...
Book Reviews -- Critical Intervention in Psychotherapy by Haim Omer
HAIM OMER: Critical Interventions in Psychotherapy. W. W. Norton, New York, 1994, 166 pp., $23.00.It is a common therapist's fantasy that with a single interpretation, the patient's resistance will dissolve and neurotic problems disappear. If only our...
Book Reviews -- Dissociation: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives Edited by Steven Jay Lynn and Judith W. Rhue
STEVEN JAY LYNN AND JUDITH W. RHUE, EDS.: Dissociation: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives. Guilford Press, New York, London, 1994, 477 pp. $40.00.The volume under discussion is a rather ponderous tome, replete with reflections upon all aspects of...
Book Reviews -- Internal Family Systems Therapy by Richard C. Schwartz
RICHARD C. SCHWARTZ: Internal Family Systems Therapy. The Guilford Press, New York, 1995, 248 pp.Promising a read of interest, the title Internal Family Systems Therapy conjures up images of Bowenian, transgenerational theories, and Bozormenyi-Nagy's...
Book Reviews -- New Maladies of the Soul by Julia Kristeva
JULIA KRISTEVA: New Maladies of the Soul. (Translator: Ross Guberman) Columbia University Press, New York, 1995, pp. viii + 242. $27.95.Kristeva provides a psychic examination of what she regards as the problems of the postmodern human condition. Her...
Book Reviews -- Patient or Pretender: Inside the Strange World of Factitious Disorders by Marc Feldman and Charles V. Ford with Toni Reinhold
MARC FELDMAN, M.D. AND CHARLES V. FORD, M.D. WITH TONI REINHOLD: Patient or Pretender: Inside the Strange World of Factitious Disorders. John Wiley and Sons Inc., New York, 1994, 228 pp., $19.95.Patient or Pretender was received for review in 1994 prior...
Book Reviews -- Pragmatic Existential Psychotherapy with Personality Disorders by Herbert M. Potash
HERBERT M. POTASH: Pragmatic Existential Psychotherapy with Personality Disorders. Gordon Handwerk Publisher, Madison, NJ.Pragmatic Existential Psychotherapy with Personality Disorders attempts to present a new blend of existential therapy appropriate...
Book Reviews -- Psychiatry in Transition (Second Edition) by Judd Marmor
JUDD MARMOR: Psychiatry in Transition. Second Edition. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick (U.S.A.) and London (U.K.), 1994, 464 pp., $24.95.Marmor has spent a life time critically examining the theory and practice of psychiatry and advocating its...
Book Reviews -- Psycho "Therapy"-Theory, Practice, Modern and Postmodern Influences by Laurence Simon
LAURENCE SIMON: Psycho "therapy"--Theory, Practice, Modern and Postmodern Influences. Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT, 1994, 248 pp., $59.95.This book must have been fun to write. Certainly it is fun to read. Reviewing it would be more fun if space...
Book Reviews -- Separation Anxiety and the Dread of Abandonment in Adult Males by Gwendolyn Stevens and Sheldon Gardner
GWENDOLYN STEVENS AND SHELDON GARDNER: Separation Anxiety and the Dread of Abandonment in Adult Males. Praeger, Westport, Connecticut, 1994, 162 pp., $55.00.This book has a single theme: men are a mess.The "senior" author first noticed this 20 years...
Book Reviews -- Sharing the Journey: Support Groups and America's New Quest for Community by Robert Wuthnow
ROBERT WUTHNOW: Sharing the Journey: Support Groups and America 's New Quest for Community. The Free Press, New York, 1994, 463 pp., $24.95.Sharing the Journey by Robert Wuthnow, Professor of Social Sciences and Director of the Center for the Study of...
Book Reviews -- Speculations after Freud: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Culture Edited by Sonu Shamdasani and Michael Munchow
SONU SHAMDASANI & MICHAEL MUNCHOW, EDS.: Speculations after Freud: Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Culture. Routledge, London and New York, 1994, 227 pp., $16.95.Speculations after Feud: Psychoanalysis, philosophy and culture is a collection of papers...
Book Reviews -- the Death of Intimacy: Barriers to Meaningful Interpersonal Relationships by Philip M. Brown
PHILIP M. BROWN: The Death of Intimacy: Barriers to Meaningful Interpersonal Relationships. Hawthorn Press, New York, 1995, + 251 pp., $32.95, hard cover; $22.95, soft cover.One can hardly argue with the thesis that interpersonal intimacy is one of the...
Book Reviews -- the Essence of a Single-Session Success Edited by Stephen R. Lankton and Kristina K. Erickson
STEPHEN R. LANKTON, M.S.W., AND KRISTINA K. ERICKSON, M.S., M.D., EDS.: The Essence of a Single-Session Success. Brunner/Mazel Publishers, New York, 1994, 164 pp. $26.95.The first part of The Essence of a Single-Session Success starts with an excerpted...
Ideological Singularity as a Defense against Clinical Complexity
In the course of the psychiatric examination and treatment of any patient, there is a tremendous number of junctures at which decisions must be made. Important points at which judgments occur are the initial assessment, the diagnosis and based on it,...
Meeting Managed Care: An Identity and Value Crisis for Therapists
In a previous paper,(1) I argued that a host of contextual or field forces overtly and covertly influences the interactions between psychotherapist and patient. These include family and community pressures, roles and ideologies of agency colleagues,...
Psychotherapy Supervision in the 1990s: Some Observations and Reflections
C. EDWARD WATKINS, Jr., Ph.D.This paper identifies and discusses 10 broad-based themes or conclusions that could be drawn about the field of psychotherapy supervision now. These conclusions focus on various facets of clinical supervision theory, research,...
Reinventing the Mother-Daughter Relationship
THEORIES THAT SUSTAIN MOTHER BLAMINGIn the classical theories on mother-child relationships, i.e., attachment theory and psychoanalytic theories, biology has long played the dominant role. Becoming a mother and being a mother have been interpreted as...
The "Erotic Transference": Some Technical and Countertechnical Difficulties
This past decade has seen the recognition of a major ethical, professional problem among psychotherapists: sexual exploitation by therapists of their patients.(1,2) This paper suggests that one dynamic that could lead to doctor-patient sexual acting...
Transtheoretical Practice of Psychotherapy
The state of the art of psychotherapy suggests that new paradigms are necessary to combine or transcend diverse perspectives of psychopathology and treatment.(1,2) In the psychoanalytic realm, this refers to the integration of drive, ego, object relations,...
Understanding and Differentiating Clients' Positive Feelings in Psychotherapy
It is a common notion that the positive feelings patients have for their therapists and the therapeutic process can facilitate the therapeutic work. Reassured by this assumption, positive feelings are examined far less frequently in psychotherapy than...