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Eckardt, M.H. (1992). Reaching the Affect Style in the Psychodynamic Therapies: Emanuel Hammer, Jason Aronson, Northvale, N.J., 1990, 244 pp., $30.00.. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 20(4):681-683.

(1992). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 20(4):681-683

Reaching the Affect Style in the Psychodynamic Therapies: Emanuel Hammer, Jason Aronson, Northvale, N.J., 1990, 244 pp., $30.00.

Review by:
Marianne Horney Eckardt, M.D.

This book fills an important gap in the literature of psychodynamic therapies. It addresses not the content but the style of our communications. We all agree in principle that insight has to be experienced in order to be effective, but we have failed to take a serious look at the language we use to convey whatever we have to communicate. Language has been a bottleneck in the history of the developmental flow of psychoanalysis. The language we have used to scientifically converse is horrendous. It is full of abstractions and conceptual formulations that require the assistance of a nonexistent special dictionary. It pretends an aura of depth and scientific wisdom that it rarely delivers. It obscures rather than clarifies. Although it is more than likely that most of us use a more spontaneous idiosyncratic language in the sanctum of our therapeutic four walls, we have definitely paid too little attention to the style of our communications. This book is all about the importance of style.

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