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November 1954

The Process of Psychotherapy

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1954;72(5):664. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1954.02330050134022

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As the title implies, unlike the majority of books on the subject of psychotherapy, this one deals primarily with procedure—hence, very few references to authors, dynamic interpretation of personality cut to the bone, and a great deal of detailed treatment of "what goes on" in psychotherapy. By accentuating "synthesis," no sensitive partisan toes are stepped upon; each psychiatric school can recognize in the text itself, and the leitmotif of its message is the widening of the area of agreement, the gathering of the common denominators all under the banner of plain sense. The patient material employed consists mainly of the young adult population of a large university.

The book is divided into fifteen chapters. The first chapters analyze the role of the therapy and the therapist and the rational, as well as the irrational, aspects of the relationship. The middle part deals with the use to which the therapist puts

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