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December 1963

An Introduction to Psychotherapy.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;9(6):644. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720180116030

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This is a lucid, useful, and honest book. The author states that this is neither a psychoanalytical nor a psychiatric text, but that it is an introduction to psychotherapy. And it is just that. Addressed to psychiatric residents and their supervisors, it deals with general problems of treatment, certain selected clinical problems, and ends up with several chapters related to supervisors' orientations to the residents they are teaching.

Dr. Tarachow deals with many problems of immediate practical interest to new residents, such as the theory of the therapeutic relationship, types of psychotherapy, hospital treatment, goals of treatment, object relations, reality, and values in psychotherapy. The section on special problems deals with interviewing, Obsessive-Compulsive defenses, acting out, depression and suicidal risk, masochism, paranoia, and homicide. In the section on supervisors' conferences, he suggests an approach to the problem of supervisor as teacher, critic, or therapist.

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