The theory extends and develops concepts that Freud introduced in his later writings. It assumes that psychopathology stems from certain grim, unconscious, pathogenic beliefs that the patient acquires by inference from early traumatic experiences. The patient suffers unconsciously from these beliefs and the feelings of guilt, shame, and remorse that stem from them. He is, therefore, powerfully motivated unconsciously to change them. Moreover, the patient is able to exert considerable control over unconscious mental life and, indeed, to make and carry out unconscious plans. He works unconsciously throughout his treatment to change pathogenic beliefs, both by testing them in relation to the analyst and by using insights conveyed by the analyst's interpretations.
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Number of pages: 423
Weight: 750 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm
"The authors have made a unique and valuable contribution to the empirical study of psychoanalytic process. Their methods and designs will become, I think, a benchmark against which further studies in this arena will come to be assessed." --Robert S. Wallerstein in the International Journal of Psycho-Analysis
"This important and heuristic volume will serve as a primer in psychoanalytic research for a long time to come." --Robert K. Heinssen and Thomas H. McGlashan in Psychiatry
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"The work is loaded with excellent illuminating clinical examples, and its relevance for psychotherapy as well as analysis is clear....There is little question that the authors' research approach and methods represent an extraordinarily important step for psychoanalysis and psychotherapy." --Howard S. Sudak in American Journal of Psychiatry
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