The Therapeutic Process by Karen Horney

By Karen Horney

Well known for her contributions as a psychoanalytic theorist, Karen Homey used to be additionally a proficient clinician and instructor of analysts. She integrated chapters on treatment in numerous of her books, wrote essays on medical matters all through her occupation, and was once getting ready to jot down a ebook on analytic method on the time of her dying. The lectures accumulated the following represent a model of that publication. This quantity presents the main whole list so far of Karen Horney's rules in regards to the healing procedure. It bargains worthy perception right into a little-known point of her paintings and clean figuring out of matters that stay of shock to clinicians.
Well prior to her time, Karen Homey seen remedy as a collaborative company during which the open, frank, and supportive therapist grows in addition to the sufferer. She discusses countertransference phenomena and the ways that a therapists character can impression the therapeutic procedure. She deals a lot knowledge and useful recommendation in line with her personal wealthy adventure.

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Hence we include all kinds of obsessive neuroses, obsessive ideation, compulsions, phobias, anxiety states, somatic manifestations of hysteria or, to avoid the loaded concept of hysteria, psychogenic somatic manifestations.  It would appear that the patient's ability to establish a workable positive transference with the physician is a major prerequisite for the success of therapy.  But it has shown us that many factors that we had believed to be constitutional are no more than consequences of blockages of growth, blockages which can be resolved.

We would in both cases only think that the person must have emotional reasons for seeing certain aspects of life in this particular way.  Or a patient may tell us with subjective honesty that she has no desire other than to have an affair with a man or to marry, while a closer investigation later may reveal a marked Page 36 antagonism against men and certain non­sexual motives for being impelled toward them. On the basis of these experiences we would be inclined to say, in contrast to assertions made in defense of the dependability of the questionnaire method as opposed to analysis, that these direct statements of investigated persons are in no way reliable.

If, for instance, a patient tells us that she does not like to go to parties or social gatherings and then immediately thinks of several examples of how hypersensitive she is to every criticism in past and present time, we feel justified in suspecting that her dislike for parties has something to do with her fear of being exposed to criticism.  In other words, the verbal statements of the patient represent the first kind of data on which we base our knowledge.  We would in both cases only think that the person must have emotional reasons for seeing certain aspects of life in this particular way.

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