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Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy
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Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy

by Paul L. Wachtel
 

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ISBN-10: 1593856148

ISBN-13: 9781593856144

Pub. Date: 12/27/2007

Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.

This important book explores a new direction that can enable therapists of any orientation to better understand and help their patients. While psychoanalysis has traditionally been seen as a world apart from cognitive-behavioral therapy and many other psychotherapeutic approaches, recent developments in the field are changing that. Relational theory, in emphasizing

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This important book explores a new direction that can enable therapists of any orientation to better understand and help their patients. While psychoanalysis has traditionally been seen as a world apart from cognitive-behavioral therapy and many other psychotherapeutic approaches, recent developments in the field are changing that. Relational theory, in emphasizing how relationships shape personality, diverges in key ways from traditional psychoanalytic assumptions and therapeutic practices. At the same time, it preserves, and even extends, the depth of understanding of human experience and psychological conflict that has always been the strength of psychoanalysis. Through probing theoretical analysis and illuminating examples, the book offers innovative and powerful ways to revitalize clinical practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593856144
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
12/27/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1 Context and Relationship in Psychotherapy: An Introduction 1

2 How Do We Understand Another Person?: One-Person and Two-Person Perspectives 16

3 The Dynamics of Personality: One-Person and Two-Person Views 36

4 From Two-Person to Contextual: Beyond Infancy and the Consulting Room 54

5 Drives, Relationships, and the Foundations of the Relational Point of View 76

6 The Limits of the Archaeological Vision: Relational Theory and the Cyclical-Contextual Model 96

7 Self-States, Dissociation, and the Schemas of Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity 129

8 Exploration, Support, Self-Acceptance, and the "School of Suspicion" 158

9 Insight, Direct Experience, and the Implications of a New Understanding of Anxieiy 195

10 Enactments, New Relational Experience, and Implicit Relational Knowing 220

11 Confusions about Self-Disclosure: Real Issues, Pseudo-Issues, and the Inevitability of Trade-Offs 245

12 The "Inner" World, the "Outer" World, and the Lived-in World: Mobilizing for Change in the Patient's Daily Life 266

References 304

Author Index 326

Subject Index 330

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