|Pareja, J. (1986). Principles of Interpretation: By Steven T. Levy, M.D. New York/London: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1984. 219 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 55:652-655.|
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(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:652-655
Principles of Interpretation: By Steven T. Levy, M.D. New York/London: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1984. 219 pp.
This book is about the of . It is written for use by therapists-in- and their supervisors. Interpretations, broadly defined to include observations, hypotheses, and reconstructions, are viewed as the therapist's central activity. All other aspects of the therapist's are considered in to this process. From first greeting through , the author presents his views about what to say, when to say it, which words to use, and how these choices set the for deeper understanding and effective .
There is much to admire here. The is clear, concise, and confident. The book's tone and content effectively make the author's point that is a powerful instrument which requires self-discipline, , no mean intellectual effort, and considerable technical skill, in addition to the therapist's sympathetic and considerate attitude. Beginning therapists will feel constructively challenged by this message, and by the author's criticism of experiential and humanistic approaches for their antitechnical and antitheoretical biases. His approach emphasizes and compromises between conflicting mental trends as the most effective means of understanding mental phenomena and, generally, as the most useful way of communicating that understanding even to more seriously disturbed patients. Thus blaming, as well as passive, helpless views of past and present difficulties are discouraged in favor of a view that emphasizes how problems are sustained by the patient's own mental activity. At the same time, the importance of understanding the genetic antecedents of these conflicts is not slighted.
The book's organization broadly follows the phases of therapy with, along the way, systematic discussions of the data to be understood (free associations, , slips, patient's in the treatment setting, derivatives), , ,
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