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Gillespie, W.H. (1941). Reassurance and Relaxation: By T. S. Rippon and Peter Fletcher. (George Routledge & Sons Ltd., London, 1940. Pp. 221. Price 6 s.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 22:88.

(1941). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 22:88

Reassurance and Relaxation: By T. S. Rippon and Peter Fletcher. (George Routledge & Sons Ltd., London, 1940. Pp. 221. Price 6 s.

Review by:
W. Hewitt Gillespie

Although this well-written little book will not be of much theoretical interest to readers of this JOURNAL, it is of value at the present time because it presents succinctly in a semi-popular way the technique of a form of relatively rapid psychotherapy which is widely practised to-day in various modifications. The patient is first taught how to lie with all his muscles relaxed fully, and in this way a hypnoidal state is produced. He then becomes more accessible to the influence of the therapist and associates more freely. Simple explanations of psychosomatic relationships lead up to an investigation with the patient of the meaning of his anxieties, largely in terms of the 'strategy of behaviour' which he has acquired, beginning in childhood. The patient is then encouraged to adopt behaviour better adapted to reality.

Under war-time conditions the book will be of interest to those accustomed to deeper methods, and of real help to inexperienced psychotherapists.

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