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November 1967

Conditioning Therapy by an Analytic Therapist

Author Affiliations

New York
Dr. Glick is in private practice.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;17(5):577-583. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730290065008

THERE HAS BEEN of late an increasing number of papers dealing with diverse forms of conditioning therapy for a variety of pathological states. It has reached the point where another such contribution, especially of the anecdotal type, might have no further value than as presumptive evidence for or against the efficacy of this mode of treatment. This, in itself, is of some importance; but the present paper claims the further distinction that the conditioning therapy was carried out by one who, through training, inclination, and experience, is primarily an analytic therapist. As might be expected, therefore, I approached both the theoretical and applied aspects of this type of behavior therapy with a considerable degree of doubt and uncertainty. My credentials as an analytic therapist include a three-year psychiatric residency in a dynamically oriented observation center which was intimately linked to a freudian institute; one

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