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Niemi, M. (2001). Psykoanalytiskt Orienterad Psykoterapi.(Psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy.): Bo Sigrell. Stockholm: Natur och Kultur, 2000.. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 24(2):136-138.

(2001). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 24(2):136-138

Psykoanalytiskt Orienterad Psykoterapi.(Psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy.): Bo Sigrell. Stockholm: Natur och Kultur, 2000.

Review by:
Marita Niemi

Bo Sigrell's book focuses on concrete psychotherapeutic work, exactly as the author has intended. He offers many examples, especially small vignettes, to enliven his text.

The most important concepts and theoretical lines of thought from Freud to the present day are briefly introduced. Sigrell also considers changes in the goal setting of psychotherapy, which have taken place in the course of time. The process of seeking psychotherapy, the first meeting of the patient and the therapist, and the setting of psychotherapy are discussed extensively. The geginning and course of the psychotherapeutic process are described, paying particular attention to difficult personality disturbances. The last chapter deals with the termination phase of psychotherapy.

Whilst describing fundamental concepts of psychoanalysis, Sigrell draws a genogram of these concepts. Each subject is always connected with previous subjects, which the new idea descends from. Thus, the conceps described do not remain loose. Since they are introduced in a concentrated manner and are to the point, it is easy to see the general outlines. The book is excellent for basic studies of psychotherapy. More advanced and deeper knowledge of important subjects and basic concepts can be gained later, when the foundations have been established.

Sigrell gives a general overview of various theorertical trends of psychoanalysis and their development courses, starting with Freud, and manages to create a vivid overall picture, dealing with the crux of the matter.

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