Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To use Evernote for note taking…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Evernote is a general note taking application that integrates with your browser. You can use it to save entire articles, bookmark articles, take notes, and more. It comes in both a free version which has limited synchronization capabilities, and also a subscription version, which raises that limit. You can download Evernote for your computer here. It can be used online, and there’s an app for it as well.

Some of the things you can do with Evernote:

  • Save search-result lists
  • Save complete articles
  • Save bookmarks to articles

 

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Wolfe, H. (1996). Dynamische Psychiatrie/Dynamic Psychiatry. XXVII, 1994: On Method Integration in Psychotherapy. Günter Ammon. Pp. 149-170.. Psychoanal Q., 65:453.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Dynamische Psychiatrie/Dynamic Psychiatry. XXVII, 1994: On Method Integration in Psychotherapy. Günter Ammon. Pp. 149-170.

(1996). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 65:453

Dynamische Psychiatrie/Dynamic Psychiatry. XXVII, 1994: On Method Integration in Psychotherapy. Günter Ammon. Pp. 149-170.

Harriet Wolfe

The author founded this journal in 1968 and was President of the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry from its establishment in 1980 until his death in September 1995. In this article Ammon outlines the basic elements of his theory of constructive aggression and social energy as determinants of identity formation. He demonstrates the potential for healthy assimilation and adaptation that his holistic, analytically based model offers when applied to the dilemma of divergent clinical theories and practices.

Reflecting the influence of an important mentor, Karl Menninger, Ammon argues effectively for the advantages of eclecticism as opposed to its dangers. He draws on philosophers of science and on his own research in group dynamics to demonstrate the potential for positive growth that exists if a system is open rather than closed and if a person is encouraged to develop within the context of a group rather than be ignored or isolated.

Ammon's research in group dynamics has shown that in the course of a constructive group process each participant is at some moment perceived as the central figure in the group. This occurs by virtue of the individual's successful effort to integrate and coordinate the interests and needs of the group as a whole. In the initial phase of a group therapy the therapy fills this role. The fact that a group process can create or release each group member's capacities to become the group leader reflects the potential that exists for positive growth through interpersonal experience and for the creation of something new within both the group and the individual. This is what Ammon calls “constructive integration.” In calling for the integration of diverse clinical practices and theoretical models, he is calling for an open, continuing, highly flexible process in which the definition of “truth” from a clinical point of view is never static but always in flux and open to re-evaluation.

- 453 -

Article Citation

Wolfe, H. (1996). Dynamische Psychiatrie/Dynamic Psychiatry. XXVII, 1994. Psychoanal. Q., 65:453

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.