By Joseph Wolpe, MD. Price, $8.95 (hardcover), $5.95 (softcover). Pp 314. Pergamon Press, Maxwell House, Fairview Park, Elmsford, NY 10523, 1969.
In 1958, Joseph Wolpe published Psychotherapy by Reciprocal Inhibition, and in it he presented three specific procedures for the treatment of three types of neuroses: (1) desensitization for phobias; (2) assertive training for problems involving self-assertion; and (3) sexual training for sexual inhibitions.1 In addition to these clinical procedures, the book contained some reports from the animal laboratory plus a good deal of Wolpe's own theory regarding the etiology and treatment of neuroses in terms of a concept he still refers to as "reciprocal inhibition," amounting to something of a cross between the neurophysiological principles described by Sherrington and the psychological theory proposed by Hull. In 1966, he published a second book in collaboration with Lazarus, in which they spared the reader much of Wolpe's theorizing and confined themselves more to the clinical applications of his techniques.2 They also added a brief two-page section on aversion therapy.
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