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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 426–427. Reviews the book, Basic Principles and Techniques in Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy edited by Habib Davanloo (1978). The book suffers the structural handicap of multiple authorship and of being part book, part symposium. All three major contributors emphasize the same criteria for the selection of candidates for short-term therapy: a circumscribed chief complaint, a history of one meaningful relationship during early life, flexible access to feelings, above-average intelligence, psychological sophistication, and high motivation for change. The discussion of therapist variables includes the intriguing suggestion that what accounts for the occasional finding that inexperienced therapists may do as well as experienced ones is the enthusiasm that grips anyone at, the start of a new venture. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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