The Anatomy of Psychotherapy

The Anatomy of Psychotherapy

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Over the past decades, Lawrence Friedman has emerged as one of the most erudite and provocative theoriss in contemporary psychotherapy. The Anatomy of Psychotherapy interweaves Friedman's major contributions to the analytic and psychiatric literature with extensive new material in arriving at an extraordinarily rich and nuanced appreciation of psychotherapy. The Anatomy of Psychotherapy describes how the therapist makes use of theories and styles in order to achieve equilibrium under stress. This stress, according to Friedman, is related to the qabsolute ambiguityq that is essential to psychotherapy. To cope with this ambiguity, the therapist alternates among three different roles, those of reader, historian, and pragmatic operator. Friedman examines these qdisambiguating posturesq in detail, paying special attention to their bearing on the therapist's narrative prejudice, the relativity of his knowledge, and the relationship of his work to natural science and hermeneutics. Brilliantly constructed and masterfully written, The Anatomy of Psychotherapy traverses the same basic themes in each of its six sections. Readers who are interested in theory can hone in on relevant topics or the work of particular theorists. Readers seeking insight into the demands of daily clinical work, on the other hand, can bypass the systematic studies and immerse themselves in Friedman's engrossing reflections on the experience of psychotherapy. Best served will be those who ponder Friedman's writings and therapy as complementary meditations issuing from a single, unifying vision, one in which psychotherapy, in both its promise and frustrations, becomes a subtle interplay among theories about psychotherapy, the personal styles of psychotherapists, and the practical exigencies of aiding those in distress.done this straightforwardly by writing accounts that leave possibilities rela tively blank. ... since Freudian theory specifies potentiality in categories general enough to be filled by many individual meanings. ... But if empathy involves a sense of momentarily inevitable move ment, theoretical diagrams would mostly interfere. ... It goes without saying that empathy shoulders aside the therapista#39;s personal wishes (including those that are Copyrighted Material 416 CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT.


Title:The Anatomy of Psychotherapy
Author: Lawrence Friedman
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-05-13
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