|Deutsch, L. (1986). The Talking Cure. A Descriptive Guide to Psychoanalysis: By Joseph D. Lichtenberg, M.D. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1985. 152 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 55:660-662.|
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(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:660-662
The Talking Cure. A Descriptive Guide to Psychoanalysis: By Joseph D. Lichtenberg, M.D. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1985. 152 pp.
At a time when is accused of outmoded and when biological and social epidemiological methods predominate in the general psychiatric community, The Talking Cure by Joseph
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D. Lichtenberg provides a reminder of the psychological roots of human . This volume undertakes two formidable tasks: defining psychoanalytic goals and demonstrating the therapeutic process as it unfolds.
Essentially, it is written for the laity. In a straightforward manner, the reader is taken through the choice of an analyst, evaluation of his/her credentials, and the nature of the initial consultations. As the author discusses the beginning of an analysis (the and the opening having been described), he presents some well-chosen vignettes which serve to illustrate the basic concepts of . Lichtenberg's style is warm and empathic as he delineates the process.
Other books written by analysts for the laity have often stressed or overstressed the importance of analytic . The dramatic quality of a well-timed captures the of the reader, who may erroneously feel that and cure are synonymous. Lichtenberg, however, treats as a necessary but not sufficient factor for producing . Thus, in his chapter, "Learning How the Mind Works," he discusses such diverse topics as "defenses," "themes," "patterns," and "." In the early chapters, he stresses that it
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