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Grotjahn, M. (1951). 'High Fidelity Recordings of Psychotherapeutic Interviews.': Frederick C. Redlich, John Dollard, Richard Newman.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 32:267-268.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: 'High Fidelity Recordings of Psychotherapeutic Interviews.': Frederick C. Redlich, John Dollard, Richard Newman.

(1951). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 32:267-268

'High Fidelity Recordings of Psychotherapeutic Interviews.': Frederick C. Redlich, John Dollard, Richard Newman.

Martin Grotjahn

American J. of Psychiatry, July, 1950, 107, No. 1, pp. 42–48.

The authors state with unrestrained surprise that most psychiatric patients easily accept the technique of interview recording while psychiatrists reject it initially, until shown that most of the objections are rationalizations. The great deal of screening that usually takes place in case demonstrations, often totally changing the character of the reported interview, is not possible with electric recording. The beginner in psychotherapy usually

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has feelings of insecurity, anxiety and guilt about this activity, and even the experienced therapist is not eager to have his method recorded faithfully and in detail. In this respect teaching in psychiatry differs markedly from any other clinical speciality. Recording offers the additional advantage of giving the student an opportunity to observe the teacher. This could eliminate a certain infantilism of the parent-teacher watching exclusively the student infant who never has a chance to reverse the procedure. According to the authors' experience, high fidelity recording of psychotherapeutic interviews is an advisable new technique in teaching.—The author has failed to mention the peculiar phenomenon of paralysing boredom which spreads over a group of students when listening to the recordings played to them.

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Article Citation

Grotjahn, M. (1951). 'High Fidelity Recordings of Psychotherapeutic Interviews.'. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 32:267-268

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