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April 1949

Brief Psychotherapy.

Arch NeurPsych. 1949;61(4):466. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1949.02310100130018

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This book was written for the general practitioner, to acquaint him with the various clinical aspects of the neuroses, as well as to give him a working knowledge of the manner and means of attacking the neurotic problems as he will find them in his everyday practice.

The author, through personal experience, is convinced of the efficacy of "brief" psychotherapy and is a firm believer in the use of every method available to the therapeutist in the attack on a problem. He subscribes to no one method or theory and particularly rules out freudian psychoanalytic procedures except in very special cases. His approach, however, is not a chaotic one. He lays special emphasis on "active analysis," as taught by Stekel, and introduces "general semantics," as formulated by Korzybski. The subjects of shock therapy, hypnoanalysis, narcoanalysis and narcosynthesis are briefly treated. He defines clearly the place of each.

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