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The Symbiotic Character

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“Dr. Johnson’s contribution is a most impressive and unusual work. It represents a ‘post-modernist’ attempt to organize and unify some of the disparate theoretical and clinical trends in current psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, infant development research, and family therapy. As the cursor of attention has begun to fall of late on the narcissistic and ‘borderline’ personality disorders, the whole field of personality and character seems to be overdue for reconsideration. This is exactly what Dr. Johnson has innovatively accomplished in this work.”
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Overview

“Dr. Johnson’s contribution is a most impressive and unusual work. It represents a ‘post-modernist’ attempt to organize and unify some of the disparate theoretical and clinical trends in current psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, infant development research, and family therapy. As the cursor of attention has begun to fall of late on the narcissistic and ‘borderline’ personality disorders, the whole field of personality and character seems to be overdue for reconsideration. This is exactly what Dr. Johnson has innovatively accomplished in this work.” —James S. Grotstein, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California—Los Angeles School of Medicine Training and Supervising Analyst, Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute
This monograph advocates the treatment of psychotherapy as a modern art form, shaped by the forms that predate it, but distinctive in its encouragement of creative self-expression. It describes modern treatment techniques as they apply to personality disorders and character neuroses.
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Johnson advocates "psychotherapy as a post-modern art form"--a form shaped by the classic and modern forms that predate it but distinctive in its integration, freedom from dogma, and encouragement of creative self-expression. His integrative theory is designed to "hold" this form in all its various expressions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705843
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/1991
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,337,431
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the faculty at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Menlo Park, California. He divides his time between clinical teaching and the private practice of psychotherapy in Menlo Park and San Francisco.
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