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Description - The Psychotherapy of Neurotic Character by David Shapiro

Shapiro's keenness of observation and profound clinical wisdom are once again in evidence, as he brings to bear his brilliant ideas about neurotic character on the actual conduct of psychotherapy. The therapeutic material, argues Shapiro, consists not merely of what the patient provides but of the patient. Pay attention not only to the words, Shapiro says, but also to the speaker.Shapiro's highly original view of the dynamics of neurosis emphasizes subjective experience and revises classical conflict theory. The therapist's goal is to introduce the patient to himself and thus to end the self-estrangement that characterizes neurosis. In a series of eloquent chapters, richly illustrated with clinical vignettes, he elabourates this view, exploring such topics as the process of change, the psychology of raising consciousness," and the therapeutic relationship. No therapist, regardless of persuasion, will fail to be enlightened and inspired by this essential contribution to the field.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465095636
ISBN-10: 0465095631
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 137mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 3-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Shapiro

David Shapiro, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Graduate Faculty, at the New School. He is the author of Neurotic Styles, Autonomy and Rigid Character, and Psychotherapy of Neurotic Character. He practices psychotherapy in New York City.

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