October 14, 1933

The Dynamics of Therapy in a Controlled Relationship.

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By Jessie Taft. Cloth. Price, $2.50. Pp. 296. New York: Macmillan Company, 1933.

JAMA. 1933;101(16):1261. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740410063035

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For obscurity of diction, this book might easily take a prize. To quote the author verbatim (p. 288): "Relationship therapy, then is nothing but an opportunity to experience more completely than is ordinarily possible the direction, depth, and ambivalence of the impulses which relate the self to the other, to outer reality, and to discover first-hand the possibility of their organization into an autonomous, creative will." Or this: "The therapist, who agrees to live for this limited time in the interest of his patient, who gives up temporarily the projection of personal needs and impulses in order to allow the patient to work through his own unmolested, provides an opportunity which is unique and irresistible in that it permits a realization of wholeness and security as part of a protecting supporting medium like nothing in human experience unless it be the intrauterine existence. Many patients realize in this relationship for

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