Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Book Reviews -- Treatment of the Neurosis in the Young: A Psychoanalytic Perspective Edited by M. Hossein Etezady

Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Book Reviews -- Treatment of the Neurosis in the Young: A Psychoanalytic Perspective Edited by M. Hossein Etezady

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M. HOSSEIN ETEZADY, ED.: Treatment of the Neurosis in the Young: A Psychoanalytic Perspective. Jason Aronson, Inc. North Vale, N.J., 1993, 320 pp, $50.00.

This edited book consists of 10 chapters of varying complexity and quality. Chapters 1, 2, and 4 are basic chapters on child analysis today, working with parents at the beginning of treatment and the therapeutic interview, respectively. Chapter 3 by Byerly, is an excellent review of the concept of the therapeutic alliance focusing on the work of Mahler and Bollas's concept of the transformational object, which acts as an environmental somatic transformer of the subject. He views the therapeutic alliance not only as a supportive structure, but as a structure that permits and facilitates identification with the analytic process and the real object of the analyst. In Chapter 5, Sarnoff delineates different types of transferences with children (transference proper, primary and primal transference) and stresses that transference proper and characterological behavior can be present only after maturation of primary creativity and symbol formation. While this is a thoughtful chapter, I think that the use of experience-distant language interfered with its fluidity. In Chapter 6, Sarnoff presents an excellent review on the use of fantasy, dreams, and play, and so does Sholevar in Chapter 7 on resistance. I found Chapter 8 by Rottenberg, to be the most interesting one in the book. …

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