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. 2, Spring

1943-1996: Highly Personal Reflections
This is my fifty-third year as a psychologist. In this half-century the profession and I have both changed immensely. Yet there are continuities in both of us, as well. I want briefly to exercise the old man's prerogative of reminiscing and, recognizing...
Collusion and Entanglement in the Therapy of a Patient with Multiple Personalities
Most therapists have only limited experience treating cases with multiple personalities. They are, hence, vulnerable to a number of countertransferential traps. Concentration on the personalities rather than underlying conflicts can be one of these....
Cultural Psychopathology and the "False Memory Syndrome" Debates: A View from Psychoanalysis
The typical "false memory syndrome" debates assume that clinicians must establish whether a recovered memory of abuse is objectively true. The present paper criticizes that assumption from three psychoanalytic perspectives and proposes that it reflects...
Defying the Crowd: Cultivating Creativity in a Culture of Conformity
ROBERT J. STERNBERG AND TODD I. LUBART: Defying the Crowd: Cultivating Creativity in a Culture of Conformity. New York, The Free Press, 1995, ix + 326 pp. $23.00. Two key words in this book's title anchor a major problem and dilemma faced by society...
Enactments: An Evolving Dyadic Concept of Acting Out
Acting out seeks to communicate unconscious urges and important childhood experiences, yet can present as a resistance to insight. Mutual and interacting regressive transferences stimulate acting-out behaviors that have led to the concepts of actualization...
Essays on the Pleasures of Death: From Freud to Lacan
ELLIE RAGLAND: Essays on the Pleasures of Death: From Freud to Lacan. Routledge, New York, 1994.234 pp., $49.95 (cloth) 16.95 (paper). Although Jacques Lacan's seminal reworking of psychoanalytic theory happened several decades ago in France, his theories...
Heidegger's "Authenticity" in the Psychotherapy of Adolescents
Those aspects of Heidegger's thought culminating in his notion of "authenticity" are described, and the use of his concepts in the psychotherapy of certain adolescents is suggested. This paper offers some details of Heidegger's position and its applicability...
Posttraumatic Re-Experiencing in Older People: Working through or Covering Up?
Posttraumatic Re-experiencing in Older People: Working through or Covering up?* This paper is about the therapeutic approach to older people who suffer from war trauma experienced at an earlier age. Special attention is paid to posttraumatic re-experiencing...
Repressed Memories: Some Clinical Data Contributing toward Its Elucidation
Recently there has been considerable controversy about the reality or validity of patient's memories of abuse recovered while in psychotherapy. The debate has been polarized by those who maintain the impossibility of such "strong repression" versus those...
Selfobjects in Psychosis-The Twinship Compensation
Concepts from psychoanalytic self psychology may be valuable in explaining confusing clinical experiences in psychotherapy with psychotic patients. In this article, we describe three clinical cases in which the patient believed that one of the therapist's...
Sex, Priests, and Power: Anatomy of a Crisis
A. W. RICHARD SIPE: Sex, Priests, and Power: Anatomy of a Crisis. Brunner/Mazel, New York, 1995, 192 pp., $24.95. This book presents disturbing and necessary reading for those unaware of the corruption intrinsic to what Sipe calls the Celibate/Sexual...
The Characterological Basis of Multiple Personality
The author reviews the importance of characterological factors in `multiple personality' or dissociative identity disorder (DID) and cites contemporary research comparing it to the narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. He then describes...
The Narration of Desire: Erotic Transferences and Countertransferences
HARRIET KIMBLE WRYE AND JUDITH K. WELLES: The Narration of Desire: Erotic Transferences and Countertransferences Hillsdale, NJ and London: The Analytic Press, 1994, 272 pp. $36.00. Drs. Wrye and Welles have re-opened what amounts to a forgotten and buried...
Unconscious Fantasy in Psychotherapy
In recent decades writers representing virtually all schools of psychoanalysis have given unconscious fantasy a more prominent place in their theories of psychodynamics and psychotherapy. The article discusses some of the reasons for this and reviews...
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