Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Book Reviews -- from Inner Sources: New Directions in Object Relations Therapy Edited by N. Gregory Hamilton

Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Book Reviews -- from Inner Sources: New Directions in Object Relations Therapy Edited by N. Gregory Hamilton

Article excerpt

Anthologies can be vehicles for editors who lack the creativity to write a book; they can be a means of publishing to escape perishing; they can be a collection of writings for which the reader requires the nimblest of imaginations to see why they should be published together, or, if aptly selected and skillfully woven they can be an invaluable and time-saving resource.

This volume fits into the latter category. For several years now Hamilton has taught postgraduate courses on the clinical application of object relations theory. He has used his extensive knowledge of the literature well in making his selections and he has maintained a strong clinical bias throughout.

After an introductory critical review of object relations theory, the editor organizes the papers into three groupings: The first section is entitled "Different patients, different therapists and different theories." It is intended to illustrate how object relations theory has influenced some of the leading clinician/theorists and resulted in a far wider clinical application of object relations theory than originally anticipated. Kernberg, Horowitz, and Pine are represented and the chapter concludes with a paper by David and Jill Scharff which contains a very readable review of the development of the concept of projective identification. This is followed by an excellent clinical example illustrating how an understanding of the operation of this mechanism can facilitate couple therapy.

The second section of the book concentrates on the therapists role in the treatment relationship. …

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