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Grotjahn, M. (1949). Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. XXV, Second Series, 1949: A Critique of the Present Status of the Psychotherapies. Robert P. Knight. Pp. 100–114.. Psychoanal Q., 18:539-539.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. XXV, Second Series, 1949: A Critique of the Present Status of the Psychotherapies. Robert P. Knight. Pp. 100–114.

(1949). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 18:539-539

Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. XXV, Second Series, 1949: A Critique of the Present Status of the Psychotherapies. Robert P. Knight. Pp. 100–114.

Martin Grotjahn

There is probably only one psychotherapy with many techniques. This psychotherapy rests on dynamic psychology and those techniques should be used which are clinically indicated for each patient. Certain techniques may be more appropriate for the initial stages, and others later, as the continuous clinical evaluation proceeds with the therapy. The goals and potentialities of therapy become delineated through the patient's responses. Techniques as such are hardly separable from the individual who uses them. Psychotherapy is a complex intercommunication and emotional interaction between two individuals one of whom seeks help from the other. What is done and said by the one who tries to give help is inevitably his personal version of technique. Beyond all knowledge of dynamic psychology and training in techniques is the individual personality of the therapist, with its inevitable variables as to sex and size, depth of understanding, ability to communicate ideas, tone of voice, set of values, and many other highly individual elements which differentiate one therapist from another. Impersonality and analytic incognito cannot exclude the effect of such individual elements. In addition to a critique of psychotherapy there must also be a critique of the psychotherapist.

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Grotjahn, M. (1949). Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. XXV, Second Series, 1949. Psychoanal. Q., 18:539-539

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