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Hook, J.L. (1987). Psychotherapy and the Selfless Patient edited by Jerome A. Travers. Published by the Howarth Press 1986; 109 pages; £19.95.. Brit. J. Psychother., 4(1):107-108.

(1987). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 4(1):107-108

Psychotherapy and the Selfless Patient edited by Jerome A. Travers. Published by the Howarth Press 1986; 109 pages; £19.95.

Review by:
J. L. Hook

This book forms part of a series entitled The Psychotherapy Patient. Neither the Editorial Board nor individual contributors to this volume are well known in this country. The only ones I recognised were Laura Perls and Virginia Satir which will convey that psychotherapy is here taken in a broad sense. Unfortunately in many of the essays it is not made clear which theoretical framework the therapist espouses - one is clearly Kohutian, another a Bio-energeticist. My overall impression is that this is something of a hotchpotch of essays randomly collected together.

The theme as explained in the preface is that of selflessness. The assumption is that there is a continuum with altruism at one extreme and lack of self at the other.

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