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Persuasion and Healing: A Comparative Study of Psychotherapy / Edition 3

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Overview

This popular study of "psychological healing"treats topics ranging from religious revivalism and magical healing to contemporary psychotherapies, from the role of the shaman in nonindustrialized societies to the traditional mental hospital. Jerome and Julia Frank (who are father and daughter) contend that these therapies share common elements that improve the "morale"of sufferers. And in combating the "demoralizing meaning"that people attach to their experiences, the authors argue, many therapies are surprisingly similar to rhetoric (the art of persuasion) and to hermeneutics (the study of meanings).

Highly acclaimed in previous editions, Persuasion and Healing has been completely revised and expanded. In addition to a broadened exploration of the role of demoralization in illness, this latest edition offers updated information on topics including self-help, family therapy, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy for the mentally ill, and techniques such as primal therapy and bioenergetics. As they explore the power of "healing rhetoric"in these activities, the authors strengthen the ties among the various healing profession.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

American Journal of Psychiatry

Anyone treating patients or engaging in clinical research to develop new drug or psychosocial treatments should take a few hours to absorb, once again, the brilliance of Persuasion and Healing.

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

The third edition of this creative integration and critical analysis of the vast literature on psychotherapy stands as a new and authentic contribution.

British Journal of Psychiatry

Lucid, literate, and persuasive, Persuasion and Healing was a classic then, and remains one now.

Psychiatric Quarterly

Among the classics of psychiatric literature.

Booknews
The authors focus on the healing features shared by all psychotherapies, from shamanistic rituals to psychoanalysis, from self-help to institutionalization. No one has shown convincingly that one therapeutic method is more effective than any other; instead, the authors argue, the elements common to different psychotherapies--such as hopeful expectations, emotional arousal, and an enhanced sense of mastery--account for much of their effectiveness. Updated from the 2nd edition of 1973. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801846366
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 327,927
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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