Empowered Psychotherapy: Teaching Self-Processing: A New Approach to the Human Psyche and Its Reintegration

Empowered Psychotherapy: Teaching Self-Processing: A New Approach to the Human Psyche and Its Reintegration

Empowered Psychotherapy: Teaching Self-Processing: A New Approach to the Human Psyche and Its Reintegration

Empowered Psychotherapy: Teaching Self-Processing: A New Approach to the Human Psyche and Its Reintegration

Synopsis

'Self-Processing' is Langs' development of self-analysis. He lays down a detailed technique and ground-rules for using this technique in everyday practice, in order to utilise the encoded impulses and adaptive processes of the client.

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James S. Grotstein

O ver two decades have passed since Robert Langs set out on his lonely, almost quixotic journey to bring renewed vision, clarity, and integrity to the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and to right the seemingly unrightable wrongs that he found dormantly festering there. Considered at first an enfant terrible on the fringe and then a disquieting superego to the analytic establishment and to most practising psychotherapists, he has finally come to enjoy a noteworthy acceptance and credibility for his then revolutionary ideas.

Perhaps the following would suffice to give the briefest idea of the thrust of his ideas: Beginning with his concept of the bipersonal field and culminating in the evolution of "communicative psychotherapy" and now "empowered psychotherapy" through "self-processing", there runs a red thread of continuity through the various evolutions that have characterized Langs's thinking. I believe that this red thread is that of a pragmatic idealist who has been attempting to reinstitute such ideas as truth, ethics, humility, and ontological security in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. His focus has been unswervingly directed towards what most clinicians would believe was the background . . .

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