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. 50, No. 1, Winter

An Object Relations Perspective on the Nature of Resistance and Therapeutic Change
An object relations model of resistance and therapeutic change based on Fairbairn's conception of psychopathology is presented in this paper. His recasting of the nature of the repressed in terms of malevolent inner objects is described. A clinical...
Character and Psychotherapy
Psychoanalytic theory of psychopathology began as a theory of particular pathogenic agents in the form of repressed memories or drive-generated fantasies. It has developed in the direction of a theory of the mind's organization; that is, a theory of...
Karl Marx's Theory of Ideas
JOHN TORRANCE: Karl Marx's Theory of Ideas, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995, New York, 519 pp., $59.95.This erudite book is part of a series on "Studies in Marxism and Social Theory" devoted to developing Marxist thought and retaining what...
Love between Therapist and Patient: A Review
To avoid the passions of love and hate between them, therapists and patients construct and preserve negative barriers of angry criticism, dissatisfaction, and sadomasochism. This review aims to help therapists tolerate and work with loving feelings between...
Mental Darwinism and the Evolution of the Emotion-Processing Mind
The cognitive mental module with which humans process and adapt to emotionally charged environmental or triggering events is identified as the emotion-processing mind. The current architecture of this mental module presents several anomalous features....
Opening the Door - A Treatment Model for Therapy with Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
ADRIENNE CROWDER: Opening the Door-A Treatment Model for Therapy with Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Brunner/Mazel, New York, 1995, 214 pp., $19.50, pb.Psychotherapists who serve adolescent or adult male survivors of sexual abuse will appreciate this...
Phenomena of Resistance in Modern Group Analysis
The development of the concept of resistance is briefly traced. The contributions of Spotnitz and his coworkers to the broadening of the concept of the Modern Analytic approach of supporting and resolving reistance are delineated. The ways in which resistance...
Projective Identification: A Resistance in Couples
From an object relational perspective, couples are being viewed more and more as complex systems in which projective identificatory interactions are prevalently observable. The resistive aspect of the collusive arrangements established in couples becomes...
Psychoanalysis and the Sciences: Epistemology-History
ANDRE HAYNAL: Psychoanalysis and the Sciences: Epistemology-History. (trans. by E. Holder from the original French). Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995, 290 pp., $30.00.Psychoanalysis and the Sciences, written by a member of our International...
Resistance: Friend or Foe?
This paper shows resistances in a benign light. The view is presented that psychoanalysts able to view resistances in a friendly light as challenges and guides, rather than as onerous roadblocks, experience maximum success for the patient and maximum...
Resistances in a Hospital Setting: Issues in Resolution
This article describes multiple forms of resistances--patients toward reality, staff toward patients, staff toward staff and my own counterresistances--in a hospital setting. Examples derive from within the psychiatric system itself, group work with...
Resistance Viewed from Different Perspectives
One of the most dramatic shifts in the practice and theory of psychotherapy during the past two decades is the proliferation of many theoretical perspectives and the increased popularity of many treatment modalities. Although mainstream Freudian analysis...
Shattered Innocence: A Practical Guide for Counseling Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
NEIL WEINER AND SHARON E. ROBINSON KURPIUS: Shattered Innocence: A Practical Guide for Counseling Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Taylor & Francis, Washington, D.C., 1995, 198 pp., $59.95 (cl.), $24.95 (pb.).This book is written as guide...
The Concept of Resistance in Self Psychology
Self psychology views resistances as protecting a vulnerable self. Resistances are seen as efforts to maintain levels of organization that patients have achieved within the context of their traumatic life situation. Patients feel able to move forward...
True and False Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse
TARA NEY, PH.D. (ED.): True and False Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse. New York: Brunner/Mazel Inc., 1995, 371 pp., $38.95. This is an important book, on a very timely, provocative topic, that is increasingly prevalent in both professional and popular...

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