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November 6, 1948

An Evaluation of Non-Directive Psychotherapy by Means of the Rorschach and Other Indices

JAMA. 1948;138(10):785. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900100065031

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This monograph presents another attempt at shortening psychotherapy by the method called nondirective psychotherapy. Although the author warns against evaluation of the results in any form of psychotherapy, he goes ahead to evaluate his process even without allowing a lapse of time after the termination of the therapy. It is well known that most of the psychoneuroses show some improvement after a certain length of ventilation (confession) with a nonjudgmental therapist. This is usually referred to as abreaction. It has also been established that some patients improve temporarily as a way of exhibiting gratitude to their therapist. In reading the case histories in the monograph one reads almost nothing about what has been said by the therapist, and the impression is left that the process consists almost entirely of self analysis in the presence of an objective listener. This monograph may prove interesting to any one desiring to examine all

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