May 1965

The Therapeutic Dialogue. Method for Analysis of Verbal Interaction.

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By Jerome L. Schulman, MD, Joseph C. Kaspar, PhD, and Patricia M. Bargar, PhD. Price, $6.50. Pp 163. Charles C Thomas, Pub, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1964.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(5):525-526. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720350093015

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The coexistence of psychoanalysis and modern technology has made this book possible. The book describes a method for teaching and learning psychotherapy based on psychoanalytic concepts and using tape recordings of psychotherapeutic sessions.

One of the problems in teaching psychotherapy is that there is never available to the student a psychotherapy session as it actually takes place. No psychotherapy, as it actually takes place, can ever be known by anyone other than the therapist and his patient. Verbal and written reports are only approximations of the sessions themselves; with a recording device, therapy is different than it is without it. There is no question but that the recording device intrudes into the therapy. How much of a deterrent it is to therapy has not been settled; or even whether it is more of a deterrent than a notebook or the omnipresent supervisor to whom the

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