The Psychoanalytic Process: Theory, Clinical Observations, and Empirical Research (Hardback)
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The Psychoanalytic Process: Theory, Clinical Observations, and Empirical Research (Hardback)

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Hardback 423 Pages / Published: 25/12/1986
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In this landmark volume, already acclaimed as "certain to become a milestone in the history of psychoanalysis and ego psychology", Joseph Weiss' theory of the psychotherapeutic process is presented and supported by the systematic, quantitative research carried out by Sampson, Weiss, and the Mount Zion Psychotherapy Research Group. The book delineates clear-cut implications for doing therapy and for conceptualizing the therapeutic process.
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
ISBN: 9780898626704
Number of pages: 423
Weight: 750 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This book is unique in presenting a coherent theory of the psychoanalytic process, followed by systematic testing of the implications of that theory....The theory of the psychoanalytic process presented in this book could have a profound effect upon the way that analysts and psychotherapists carry out psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy. The authors' new theory of the psychoanalytic process, together with its implications for changes in psychoanalytic technique, are among the most important developments in psychoanalysis made in the past several decades. This volume is especially recommended for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and for individuals interested in research on psychotherapy and psychoanalysis." --Theodore L. Dorpat, in Dynamic Psychotherapy

"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

"This book introduces us to what will likely be one of the most generative and productive programs of psychoanalytic research. It is a `must read' for anyone interested in the cutting edge of theory and research in psychotherapy." --Leslie S. Greenberg in Contemporary Psychology

"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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