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. 57, No. 4, 2003

An Existentialist Approach to Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is an attempt of the self to refuse itself and devise an other self, with dissolution of the link between the self and the body. Although anorectics are often described as academically capable and attractive, in the author's experience...
Child-Survivors of the Holocaust: Age-Specific Traumatization and the Consequences for Therapy
Keilson was the first who differentiated between various age groups, regarding the relationship between stressful Holocaust situations and their ultimate effect on later life.In this paper I will compare the developmental needs of different age groups...
Differential-Diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms in the Borderline Personality Disorder
Obsessive-compulsive symptoms are clinically unspecific and can be found in numerous disorders. Within the framework of psychothempeutically treatable illnesses, the classical obsessive-compulsive neurosis can be distinguished from early anancastia in...
Emotions: A Relational View and Its Clinical Applications
In this paper, three major tasks are undertaken: 1. showing that our traditional understanding of the nature of emotions, which equates them with certain sorts of inherently private affective experiences that are brought about by various causal factors...
Family Approach with Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors
Although the transgenerational transmission of Holocaust trauma is now well documented, this subject remains a source of considerable controversy. Moreover, the literature regarding the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors (GHSs, the third generation)...
Narcissism and Spirituality in Flannery O'Connor's Stories
Virtually any short story by Flannery O'Connor could serve as a poignant case study of narcissism. While narcissism in the guises of ambition and hubris is an ancient literary theme, O'Connor's protagonists vividly exemplify a syndrome of covert and...
Psychotherapy of Arab Patients in the West: Uniqueness, Empathy, and "Otherness"
The study of Arab patients seeking treatment for their psychological problems in the West has previously been underrepresented in mainstream American journals. Notwithstanding various attempts that deal with Arab Americans as a minority group, there...
The Gray Areas of Boundary Crossings and Violations
The term "boundary violation" has become synonymous with unethical practice in psychotherapy, prompting a "black-or-white" view among clinicians and boards of review. But the current conceptual ambiguity about boundary interventions subjects clinicians...
Working with Metaphor
This article explores and affirms the importance of metaphor, in both conceptual and poetic thought, and its relevance to the practice of psychotherapy. It examines some of the obstacles commonly encountered as we attempt to become more aware of, and...
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