Inside Therapy: Illuminating Writings about Therapists, Patients and Psychotherapy / Edition 1

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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.

"...a collection of fiction and non-fiction written by an eclectic group of writers, among them A.M. Homes, Janet Malcolm, Irvin D. Yalom, Steven Schwartz, and Theodor Reik."

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312263423
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 685,643
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilana Rabinowitz is also the editor of Mountains Are Mountains and Rivers Are Rivers: Applying Eastern Teachings in Everyday Life. She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Irvin D. Yalom
Introduction by Ilana Rabinowitz

"Who Listens?": The Woman Who Refused to Talk by Herbert S. Strean as told to Lucy Freeman

The Therapist's Personality by George Weinberg

The Making of a Psychiatrist by David S. Viscott

Freud's Invention by Leston Havens

The Third Ear by Theodor Reik

Bare Attention by Mark Epstein

Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession by Janet Malcolm

Feelings for the Patient by Gail Albert

Sometimes I Feel Like a Dirty Old Man: Woman Who Tried to Seduce Me by Herbert S. Strean as told to Lucy Freeman

Dr. Neruda's Cure for Evil by Rafael Yglesias

Fine by Samuel Shem

In a County of Mothers by A. M. Homes

Solitaire by Robert Lindner

The Taboo Scarf by George Weinberg

"I Never Thought It Would Happen to Me" by Irvin D. Yalom

When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom

About the Therapeutic Relationship by Erich Fromm

A Shining Affliction by Annie G. Rogers

Therapy by Steven Schwartz

Final Analysis by Robert U. Akeret

Copyright Acknowledgments
About the Contributors

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