A Rose Is Not a Rose

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1301. Reviews the book, The Dryden Interviews: Dialogues on the Psychotherapeutic Process by Windy Dryden (see record 1992-98699-000). This book is titled “The Dryden Interviews Dialogues on the Psychotherapeutic Process.” The interviews are conducted by Dryden and are published in dialogue form. These are not, however, all interviews about psychotherapeutic process. In the first of 12 interviews of psychotherapists in 12 chapters, Albert Ellis discusses his personal life. The interview with Andrew Swart on counseling under apartheid examines the counselor's role and responsibility as an agent of social change. The three interviews with Peter Lomas, Arnold Lazarus, and Brian Thorne are exceptional in this volume in that the primary focus of each interview is on psychotherapeutic processes. In summary, despite several interesting interviews, the lack of a clear unifying theme is a major shortcoming of this publication. In particular, the title of the book is inaccurate and misleading. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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