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August 1995

Role-Relationship Model ConfigurationsA Summation

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1995;52(8):654-656. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1995.03950200044012

WE ARE most grateful for the opportunity provided by the Archives for this dialogue. The commentaries accord on the importance, future potential, and difficulty of research in this area. The difficulty is worth confronting because we need to understand the psychological core of psychiatric disorders as well as the biological and social cores. Emotions and personal meanings in conflict are a part of the psychological domain.

Some commentators said we moved too far from psychodynamics, others said we were too psychodynamic. That range of assessments seems about right to us. We are on the move toward an integration of theories and aim to preserve valid aspects of psychodynamic formulations. Consider the authors of our article1: Horowitz is trained as a psychoanalyst, Salovey is a cognitive-behaviorist, and Eells and Singer are interpersonal and cognitive clinicians. We worked together because we sought a sober and objective pursuit of truth, as do