Understanding Psychotherapy: The Science Behind the Art / Edition 1

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Using human, compelling cases that bring the process of psychotherapy alive, a gifted psychiatrist shows what psychotherapy is and how and why it works.

Illustrates basic principles of therapy with examples from the author's clinical work.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In attempting to put psychoanalysis on a scientific basis, Basch makes a direct leap from orthodox Freudianism to information science, with hardly a nod to neo-Freudians, humanistic psychologists or others who have updated the master's theories. For Freud's ``instinct gratification,'' this University of Chicago psychiatry professor substitutes ``striving for order'' and ``competence''; instead of ego and id, he speaks of the decision-making process of a self-system interpreted in terms of cybernetics, cognitive psychology and systems theory. The result is a bland framework that may be of value to clinicians but will dismay the general reader. That is unfortunate, because Basch's insistence that the vast majority of patients are not neuroticbut instead, suffer from lack of self-esteem or arrested developmentis worth heeding. His self-serving narrative and tedious case histories, however, make this treatise one to skim. (September)
Library Journal
Psychoanalytic psychiatrist Basch argues that Freud's theories of human development have been supplanted by current research from a variety of disciplines. Addressing both colleagues and laypersons, he discusses newer concepts that include striving for competence and self-esteem, affect, feedback, pattern matching, and the self system. Science interfaces with art in his discussion of patient care, but because the case studies are composites, constructed to make points, the interactions between patient and doctor often lack spontaneity and hence credibility. Stilted prose and textbook charts further preclude popular appeal. For large psychology/psychiatry collections and academic libraries. Janice Arenofsky, formerly with Arizona State Lib., Phoenix
Howard A. Winkler
A deligtful book to read not only for its representations of commonly seen psychiatric problems and their treatments, but also because it is so literate.
Journal of the American Journal Association
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465088607
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Franz Basch, M.D., is the Cynthia Oudejans Harris, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at Rush Medical College in Chicago, the training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and is in the private practice of psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He is the author of Doing Psychotherapy (1980), Understanding Psychotherapy: The Science Behind the Art (1988), and Practicing Psychotherapy: A Casebook (1992). Michael Franz Basch, M.D.,was the Cynthia Oudejans Harris, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at Rush Medical College in Chicago, the training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is the author of Doing Psychotherapy (1980), Understanding Psychotherapy: The Science Behind the Art (1988), and Practicing Psychotherapy: A Casebook (1992)
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