Psychotherapy of Neurotic Character / Edition 1

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Overview

Shapiro’s keenness of observation and profound clinical wisdom are once again in evidence, as he brings to bear his brilliant ideas about neurotic character on the actual conduct of psychotherapy. The therapeutic material, argues Shapiro, consists not merely of what the patient provides but of the patient. Pay attention not only to the words, Shapiro says, but also to the speaker.Shapiro’s highly original view of the dynamics of neurosis emphasizes subjective experience and revises classical conflict theory. The therapist’s goal is to introduce the patient to himself and thus to end the self-estrangement that characterizes neurosis. In a series of eloquent chapters, richly illustrated with clinical vignettes, he elaborates this view, exploring such topics as the process of change, the psychology of “raising consciousness,” and the therapeutic relationship. No therapist, regardless of persuasion, will fail to be enlightened and inspired by this essential contribution to the field.

Disc. importance of viewing symptoms in light of client's subjective sensibilities; therapeutic process, change; more.

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What People Are Saying

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"A profound book, simply written. The obscure processes of therapy, particularly the minute pivotal points of personality change, are illuminated with clarity, precision, and elegance."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465095636
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 11/24/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 242
  • Lexile: 1440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

David Shapiro, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Graduate Faculty, at the New School. He is the author of Neurotic Styles, Autonomy and Rigid Character, and Psychotherapy of Neurotic Character. He practices psychotherapy in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv
Preface v
Introduction to the Paperback Edition ix
Part 1 Neurotic Character and Psychotherapy: General Principles
1. Neurotic Self-Estrangement and Psychotherapy 3
2. Neurotic Character 14
Part 2 The Therapeutic Material
3. The Words and the Speaker 53
4. The Patient and the Patient's Problem 77
5. Reactions to the Therapist 95
Part 3 The Therapeutic Process
6. The Psychology of Therapeutic Change 115
7. The Therapeutic Relationship 140
8. The Question of Historical Interpretation 166
9. The Course of Therapeutic Change 192
Index 234
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