Psychotherapists, Listen and You Shall Learn

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 647–648. Reviews the book, The Listening Process by Robert Langs (1978). On the whole, Langs is successful in his effort. Certainly, he builds a compelling case for considering the issue of listening more closely in the training and practice of psychotherapy. On the other hand, the particular process of listening that he presents is centrally addressed to psychotherapists who utilize a psychoanalytic model. Psychotherapists of other orientations will be uncomfortable with much of the book's language and tone, and may be distracted from appreciating many of the book's important insights and reflections. It is impossible in a short summary to do justice to either the comprehensiveness or the complexity of Langs's listening process. Thus on on several levels, The Listening Process is a valuable and interesting book. Whether or not one agrees with Langs's argument that his comprehensive listening process is the best approach to listening in psychotherapy, one can enjoy and learn much from his presentations. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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