People's lives can be dramatically transformed by psychoanalysis. Yet the decision to undertake this enterprise can seem so formidable that many deny themselves an extraordinary experience. This book makes that decision - admittedly a complex one - better informed, clearer, and easier. It provides seven detailed case reports, easy to read and free of technical jargon, in which the patients' lives -in their own judgements - were transformed. This is not meant to imply that psychoanalysis always or even usually yields transformative results. These case studies are intriguing in their own right and help the reader think knowledgeably about psychoanalysis and assess its potential as a life-changing enterprise.
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About the Author
Joseph Schachter was trained as a clinical psychologist in the Department of Social Relations at Harvard University, obtained his medical degree from New York University-Bellevue Medical School, and received his psychoanalytic training at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. In mid-career he spent a number of years in full-time physiological/developmental research with infants and children. He subsequently returned to psychoanalytic practice and was a training and supervising analyst at the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute. Recently retired, Dr. Schachter now resides in New York City.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 An Early Psychoanalytic Success - Freud's Treatment of the "Rat Man" Chapter 2 George: Transformation Viewed from a Thirty-year Follow-up Chapter 3 Laila: Treatment of a Patient with a Serious Chronic Disease Chapter 4 Watt: A Case of Sexual (Dis-)Orientation Chapter 5 Caroline: "The Same But Forever Changed" Chapter 6 Sarah: "This Aplysia ... makes me sick to my stomach" Chapter 7 Jacob: Climbing Out of the Dungeon Chapter 8 Andrew: Inferiority, Social Anxiety and Submissiveness Chapter 9 Strengthening Analysis, Protecting Patients Chapter 10 Discussion and Conclusion - Seven Analyses
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a book that can be enjoyed by almost any reader. All the authors write in simple English with very little jargon. All the cases presented demonstrate clearly how good analytic therapy has the power to bring about radical change in the patient's life, and four of the cases are especially remarkable in that the patient's voice is heard telling what he or she experienced. There is little or nothing of this to be found elsewhere. All the authors and patients are to be commended for their courage. Dr. Schachter has done us all a great favor in putting this volume together. Professionals as well as prospective patients will find much of value in this volume.