Inside Therapy: Illuminating Writings about Therapists, Patients, and Psychotherapy

Inside Therapy: Illuminating Writings about Therapists, Patients, and Psychotherapy

by Ilana Rabinowitz
     
 

A scintillating collection of writings on the mysterious, controversial, and intimate process of psychotherapy.

Everyone with an interest in the art and science of psychotherapy - practitioners, patients, students, and avid readers of Freud, Jung, et al-will find this lively anthology an engrossing read. A varied mix of essays, book chapters, case histories, and

See more details below

Overview

A scintillating collection of writings on the mysterious, controversial, and intimate process of psychotherapy.

Everyone with an interest in the art and science of psychotherapy - practitioners, patients, students, and avid readers of Freud, Jung, et al-will find this lively anthology an engrossing read. A varied mix of essays, book chapters, case histories, and compelling fiction written by veterans of both sides of "the couch" and representing many schools of thought, Inside Therapy includes: Janet Malcolm's The Impossible Profession * Mark Epstein's Thoughts Without a Thinker * Eric Fromm's The Art of Listening * A. M. Homes's In a Country of Mothers * Theodore Reik's The Third Ear * and others. The foreword by Irvin D. Yalom, author of Love's Executioner, offers additional wisdom, humor, and perspective.

At a time when managed care threatens the psychoanalytic tradition, this dramatic, inspiring collection reminds us of the healing power of insight and the unique gifts of the patient-therapist relationship.

IRVIN D. YALOM's most recent book is Momma and the Meaning of Life.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Those who have been involved in or are contemplating psychotherapy will find this eclectic anthology of writings about the process instructive. Rabinowitz, who reports on psychiatry for the Philadelphia Inquirer, presents excerpts from the published works of pioneers in the field, such as Theodore Reik's Listening with the Third Ear and Robert Lindner's The Fifty-Minute Hour. The overriding emphasis of these practitioners, who regard their calling as an art rather than a science, is on attentive, nonjudgmental listening, a skill that Mark Epstein ("Bare Attention") relates to Buddhist philosophy. Yalom (Love's Executioner) posits in his foreword that a doctor should devise a therapy for each patient based on a healing relationship that the two create together. Along with the informative case studies provided by therapists that explain the role of transference in the healing process are several excerpts from novels dealing with psychotherapy. Included is a selection by Rafael Yglesias (Dr. Neruda's Cure for Evil) that describes what can happen when a therapist leads rather than listens. Agent, Alex Hoyt. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Freud's legacy lives on in this diverse collection of essays, excerpts, and fiction on key issues in psychotherapy. Rabinowitz, who reports on developments in psychiatry for the Philadelphia Inquirer, presents here the work of masters and modern writers whose concerns range from theoretical questions about the process and nature of psychotherapy to more practical ones, such as what happens during a session and how to make it more productive. A brief summary introduces each chapter, which makes the book easy to skim. Fascinating tidbits abound, including rich case studies, musings on the relationship between Eastern mysticism and psychotherapy, and a listing of personal qualities that good therapists should possess. Scientific validation of such claims is not provided. Psychoanalysis is threatened today by managed care and biological psychiatry, but this book is hopeful, informative, lively and suited to practitioners, students, and consumers. Recommended for large public libraries and academic collections.--Antoinette Brinkman, Southwest Indiana Mental Health Ctr. Lib., Evansville

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312186715
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/15/1998
Pages:
291
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.99(d)

Related Subjects

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >