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Almond, R. (2003). Therapeutic Action: A Guide To Psychoanalytic Therapy. By Enrico Jones, Ph.D. Northvale, NJ: Aronson, 2000. 382 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 72(3):818-822.

(2003). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 72(3):818-822

Therapeutic Action: A Guide To Psychoanalytic Therapy. By Enrico Jones, Ph.D. Northvale, NJ: Aronson, 2000. 382 pp.

Review by:
Richard Almond

The interface between clinical psychoanalysis and empirical research has been problematic, despite recurrent exhortations from both inside and outside the field that analytic ideas and outcomes should be scientifically validated. On the one hand, it is difficult to translate psychoanalytic theory and practice into testable formats that lend themselves to the rigorous requirements of modern social science. On the other, much research that is actually done on analytic process either daunts the clinician with methodology or yields findings that are hard to apply to the treatment situation. There is, in fact, a great deal of study, both by academics and analysts, that supports analytic concepts and models, but much of this work is hard to find or hard to understand. So I discovered with a mixture of pleasure and sadness the late Enrico Jones's comprehensible book, Therapeutic Action: A Guide to Psychoanalytic Therapy, in which research is used as a resource for presenting and understanding analytic treatments. Jones's death in March of this year robs us of an analyst/research psychologist who translated complex studies of therapeutic process into language the clinician can easily comprehend.

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