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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(9), 703–705. Reviews the book, Interpersonal Psychoanalysis: New Directions by Earl G. Witenberg (Ed.) (1978). The book may be understood best by professionals in the field, since the unifying themes arise from the commonality of clinical experience and exposure to many current theories. And yet the themes vary widely. First, individual differences are emphasized, as are differences in therapeutic technique. Second, there is a trend from authoritarianism to egalitarianism, from the focus on resistance to emphasis on mutual sharing of experience. Third, adult developmental stages are recognized. And fourth, attending to language brings the realization that psychoanalytic concepts often become reified. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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