Dual Relationships and Psychotherapy

By Arnold A. Lazarus; Ofer Zur | Go to book overview
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CHAPTER 9
The Psychotherapist and
the Quest for Power
How Boundaries Have Become an
Obsession

Tana Dineen, PhD, CPsych. (ON), RPsych. (BC)

Psychology may have seeped into virtually every facet of
existence, but that does not mean that it has always been
there.… Understanding the recent history of psychologi-
cal experts is critical to understanding psychology’s place
in contemporary society. That history is based on an ex-
traordinary quest for power.

—Ellen Herman, The Romance of American
Psychology
(p. 5, 1995)

Long before it dawned on me that I might become a psychologist, I was intrigued by some of the men and women considered to be pioneers of the discipline. It was the seemingly insignificant details about their lives, the provocative thinking, and the unexpected comments that caught my interest. Sigmund Freud seemed less arrogant to me than he is generally portrayed, for I remember that he once responded to

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