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- DescriptionInevitably, every psychotherapist has some experience with severely disturbed patients. Consequently, they will turn with excitement to this important new book which is a stunning attempt by two kwledgeable, persevering psychotherapists to present their understanding and sound therapeutic approach to these difficult and challenging patients. The authors argue that the treatment of choice is clearly psychotherapy and that such treatment can be successful and as long lasting for schizophrenic patients as it is for neurotic patients, but the journey may be longer and it may take more time to traverse.The task of therapy is to untangle the past from the present to make the future conceivable. The volume provides a thorough historical overview of the theoretical and clinical approaches to the problem of schizophrenia, including the views of leading contemporary clinicians on the topic. In general, the major clinical controversies have been regarded as issues of whether to focus on past, present or future; reality or fantasy; affects; exploration or relationship; whether the therapist should be active or passive; and how to handle regression. The authors argue that these are the wrong issues. They say that the task of therapy is to untangle the past from the present to make the future conceivable. Reality and fantasy are intertwined and must both be dealt with. Affects are central to all therapy, and emphasis on anger, despair, loneliness, terror, and shame are all necessary, as is the clarification of affect, and the acceptance of positive affect. Activity versus passivity is again in the wrong question; the right one is what action is helpful, when it is helpful, and when is t doing anything helpful? Regression is inevitable; should one accept it fully or try to limit it? This has general answer other than do what is necessary (i.e., unavoidable) or most helpful to a particular patient at a particular time.
- Author BiographyBertram P. Karon, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Michigan State University, where he has taught since 1962. He is a past President of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association, and President of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Council. He was selected by the New York Society for Psychoanalytic Training for their 1988 Distinguished Psychoanalyst Award, and their 1982 Outstanding Publication Relevant to Psycho-analysis Award for Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia: The Treatment of Choice. He was also selected for the 1990 Fowler Award for Distin-guished Graduate Teaching by the American Psychological Association Graduate Students and for the 1990 Master Lecturer Award by the Michigan Psychological Assoc-iation. He has over 100 publications in American and European journals of Psychoanalysis, Psychology, and Psychiatry. Dr. Gary R. VandenBos received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Detroit. He has held positions as the director of the Howell-Area Community Mental Health Center in Michigan and professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Psychology, and he is a licensed practicing clinical psychologist in the District of Columbia. He has been associate editor of the American Psychologist since 1984 and a contributing editor to Hospital and Community Psychiatry since 1982. He received the Early Career Award for Contribution to Psychotherapy from Division 29 (Division of Psychother-apy) of the American Psychological Association in 1983.
- Author(s)Bertram P. Karon,Gary R. VandenBos
- PublisherJason Aronson Inc. Publishers
- Date of Publication07/07/1977
- SubjectCoping with Problems & Illness
- Place of PublicationNorthvale NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJason Aronson Inc. Publishers
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight644 g
- Width168 mm
- Height214 mm
- Spine37 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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