Gaslighting, the Double Whammy, Interrogation and Other Methods of Covert and Control in Psychotherapy & Analysis / Edition 1

Gaslighting, the Double Whammy, Interrogation and Other Methods of Covert and Control in Psychotherapy & Analysis / Edition 1

by Theodore L. Dorpat, Theo L. Dorpat
     
 

ISBN-10: 1568218281

ISBN-13: 9781568218281

Pub. Date: 10/28/1996

Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.

In treatment, the psychotherapist is in a position of power. Often, this power is unintentionally abused. While trying to embody a compassionate concern for patients, therapists use accepted techniques that can inadvertently lead to control, indoctrination, and therapeutic failure. Contrary to the stated tradition and values of psychotherapy, they subtly coerce

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Overview

In treatment, the psychotherapist is in a position of power. Often, this power is unintentionally abused. While trying to embody a compassionate concern for patients, therapists use accepted techniques that can inadvertently lead to control, indoctrination, and therapeutic failure. Contrary to the stated tradition and values of psychotherapy, they subtly coerce patients rather than respect and genuinely help them. The more gross kinds of patient abuse, deliberate ones such as sexual and financial exploitation, are expressly forbidden by professional organizations. However, there are no regulations discouraging the more covert forms of manipulation, which are not even considered exploitative by many clinicians. In this book, noted psychiatrist Theo. L. Dorpat strongly disagrees. Using a contemporary interactional perspective Dorpat demonstrates the destructive potential of manipulation and indoctrination in treatment. This book is divided into three parts. Part I explores the various ways power can be abused. Part II examines eleven treatment cases in which covert manipulation and control either caused analytic failure or severely impaired the treatment process. Cases discussed include the analyses of Dora and the Wolf Man by Freud, the two analyses of Mr. Z by Kohut, as well as other published and unpublished treatments. An interactional perspective is used to examine the harmful short- and long-term effects of using indoctrination methods as well as to unravel conscious and unconscious communications between therapists and patients that can contribute to manipulations. Part III shows readers how to work using a non-directive, egalitarian approach in both psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568218281
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
278
Sales rank:
895,007
Product dimensions:
6.64(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction and Overview
Pt. ICovert Methods of Interpersonal Control and Other Indoctrination Methods
1Covert Methods of Interpersonal Control3
2On Gaslighting: How to Dominate Others without Their Knowledge or Consent31
3On Questioning Used as a Covert Method of Interpersonal Control47
Pt. IIStudies of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Treatment Cases Subjected to Indoctrination Methods
4The "Mad Scientist" - A Microanalysis of One Analytic Hour77
5The Effects of Indoctrination Methods - Six Case Studies97
6The Wolf Man's Analysis - An Interactional Perspective123
7What Did Dora Want? The Abuse of Power in Freud's Analysis of Dora139
8The Two Analyses of Mr Z - Revisited159
9Some Comparisons between What Occurs in Cults and in Psychoanalytic Treatment Carried Out with Indoctrination Methods179
10Psychoanalytic and Management Approaches: A Comparative Analysis195
Pt. IIIRemedies and Correctives
11Steps toward a Non-Directive Approach in Psychoanalytic Treatment225
References255
Credits267
Index269

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