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Chodoff, P. (2006). Dynamic Psychotherapy: A 50-Year Perspective. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 34(1):19-27.

(2006). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 34(1):19-27

Dynamic Psychotherapy: A 50-Year Perspective

Paul Chodoff

Dynamic psychotherapy is a method of treatment for psychiatric disorders and emotional problems that comprises a spectrum of approaches ranging between supportive and analytic peripheries. Although they are deployed in differing degrees and manners, all forms of dynamic psychotherapy derive their therapeutic powers from five components: support, hope, a certain kind of listening, insight, and guidance. Attentive listening is particularly important, while insight, although essential, is a complex phenomenon whose therapeutic value may be overestimated. In spite of claims to the contrary, some degree of guidance is universal. The use of cognitive-behavioral techniques is not incompatible with dynamic psychotherapy and can sometimes be useful. If certain limitations are accepted, dynamic psychotherapy can make a potent contribution to the alleviation of emotional distress and disorder.

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