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August 26, 1950

Objective Psychotherapy: Principles, Methods, and Results

JAMA. 1950;143(17):1529. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910520071039

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The author describes principles, methods and results of objective psychotherapy as developed and practiced with patients. The method is stated to be oriented within the focus of psychoanalysis. Primarily, it is an attempt to avoid overdevelopment of the relationship between the patient and physician and thus reduce transference and resistance to an optimum. Instead of the patient's being allowed to talk freely as in "free association," he is given a series of questions to answer in privacy and at his leisure without reference to suggestions of the therapeutist. The patient records dreams in detail and appends his own interpretations and comments to them.

The method is said in part to prevent the physician from imposing his personality, views and "gratuitous" interpretations on the patient. Written answers to questions prepared by the therapeutist are answered in memorandum form by the therapeutist. After several series of questions and answers are completed, a

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