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August 1970

Insight Therapy: Methodology, Psychosystematics, and Differential Dynamics.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(2):342-343. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310080148042

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Agoston's book is "the outgrowth of lectures delivered to residents in psychiatry." The book begins with a brief historical background of the origins of psychoanalysis; the rest is divided into three main sections, namely, psychosystematics, applied methodology, and differential dynamics. The philosopy and language is psychoanalytic. Although the analytic viewpoint is carefully and clearly explained, some background or special interest is needed to fully appreciate the significance of the material. The section on methodology is especially well done. By the use of analogy and case material, the author is able to make the abstractions of the theory come to life. Positive and negative transferences and acting out are all explained in comprehensible language. The last section on differential dynamics is somewhat disappointing in that there is a rather superficial listing of dynamics which covers the whole gamut of psychiatric nosology.

In summary, the book is very useful for residents