111 Common Therapeutic Blunders

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Jason Aronson, 2005 - Psychology - 346 pages
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This revised, updated, and expanded edition of a classic primer of countertransference and counterresistance reflects changes in contemporary psychotherapy and new situations that face therapists. The clinical blunders, chosen to convey the interpsychic, intrapsychic, and human aspect of the therapeutic dyad, illustrate a variety of dilemmas in an accessible form, and they now also address how supervisors react to their own countertransferences. Countertransference and counterresistance are universal, and this edition, like its predecessor, makes an absolute case for therapists to undergo a real, personal analysis. The 101 examples of therapeutic blunders and 11 supervisory blunders are presented simply, dramatically and often humorously, so that therapists of all persuasions can understand them.
 

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Lousy if not for the fact that it shows how corrupted therapists are.
This is even poorly written

Contents

NARCISSISTIC COUNTERTRANSFERENCE
179
The Grandiose Therapist and the Grandiose Patient
181
The Therapist and the Skeptical Patient
183
The Infantilizing Therapist
186
The Protective Therapist
188
Pushy Mothers and Pushy Fathers
190
The Vain Therapist and the Slob
192
The Primal Therapist
194

The Therapist and the Virgin
32
The Therapist Who Gave Hugs
34
The Good Slightly Incestuous Daddy
37
The Therapist Who Fell in Love
39
The Therapist Who Feared His Sexual Feelings
42
To Lie or Not to Lie on the Couch
44
The Therapist Who Feared Love
46
The Seductive Therapist
49
The Patient Who Felt Like Dying during Orgasm
52
The Therapist Who Asked for Sexual Fantasies
55
OBSESSIVECOMPULSIVE COUNTERTRANSFERENCE
59
The Therapeutic Odd Couple
61
The Therapist Who Wanted to Reform a Call Girl
63
The Therapist Who Felt Snubbed by a Psychotic
66
The Rituals of a Compulsive Therapist
69
The Critical Mother
72
The Condescending Therapist and the Multiple Personality
74
The Lecturing Therapist
76
The ObsessiveCompulsive Therapist and the Schizophrenic Patient
80
The Homophobic Therapist
82
The Therapist Who Castrated Himself
84
The Therapist Who Would Not Talk on the Phone
86
SADOMASOCHISTIC COUNTERTRANSFERENCE
89
The Sadistic Therapist and the Suicidal Patient
91
The Therapist Who Had to Be The Boss
94
The Therapist Who Couldnt Say No
97
The Therapist Who Believed in Force
99
The Permissive Therapist
102
The Dominatrix and the Nerd
104
The Sadistic Group Therapist
106
The Therapist Who Was a Martyr
109
The Therapist the Patient and the Insurance Man
111
The Defensive Therapist and the GuiltTripping Patient
113
The Therapist Who Sexually Abused His Patient
116
HISTRIONIC COUNTERTRANSFERENCE
121
The Therapist Who Became Hysterical
123
The Therapist Who Did Not Want Her Patient to Be a Housewife
126
The Pregnant Therapist
129
The Incomplete Interpretation
131
The Judgmental Therapist
133
The Therapist Who Meddled
136
The Therapist Who Had Not Resolved Her Penis Envy
139
When Parting Was Sweet Sorrow
143
The Histrionic Male Therapist
145
The Therapist Who Hated Insurance Companies
147
The Lesbian Therapist and the Courageous Victim
149
PASSIVEAGGRESSIVE COUNTERTRANSFERENCE
151
The PassiveAggressive Therapist and the PassiveAggressive Patient
153
The Holistic Health Therapist
155
The Stoic Therapist
158
The Therapist Who Encouraged Depression
160
The Therapist Who Did Not Want to Be Superior
162
The Negative Therapeutic Reaction
165
The Patient Who Took a Vacation
167
The Self Psychologist
169
The Wolf in Sheeps Clothing
172
The Jealous Therapist
174
The Negative Oedipus Complex
176
The Therapist Who Needed a SelfObject
196
The Therapist Who Needed to Be the Worlds Greatest Authority
199
The Therapist Who Financially Exploited His Patient
201
The Grandiose Therapist and the Seductive Submissive Patient
204
COUNTERRESISTANCE BLUNDERS
209
CHARACTEROLOGICAL COUNTERRESISTANCE
211
The Modern Analyst
213
The Female Therapist and the Male Chauvinist Pig
216
The Therapist Who Snored
219
The Therapist and the TV Star
221
The Therapist and the Ugly Disgusting Patient
223
The Intellectual Therapist
225
The Therapist Who Denied His Own Obesity
227
The False Therapist and the False Patient
229
The Therapist Who Couldnt Stop Idealizing Her Brother
232
The Complainers
234
The Therapist Who Resented Being a Truant Officer
236
The Therapist Who Forgot an Appointment
239
The Therapist Who Would Not Heal Himself
242
CULTURAL COUNTERRESISTANCE
245
The White Trash Therapist and the Debutante
247
The White Liberal Therapist and the Black Patient
250
The Conservative Therapist and the Communist
252
The Feminist Therapist
254
The Therapist Who Needed to Prove Her Thesis
256
The German Therapist and the Holocaust Victim
258
The Jewish Therapist and the WASP Patient
260
The ItalianAmerican Therapist and the Puerto Rican Patient
262
The WASP Therapist and the Jewish Princess
264
The Masculinist Therapist and the Ambitious Woman
266
The Therapist Who Believed in Abortion
268
The Orthodox Analyst and the Patient Who Wanted to Scream
270
SUPERVISORY COUNTERRESISTANCE
273
The Therapist Who Didnt Want to Be a Therapist
275
The Supervisor Who Gave Good Advice and Bad Supervision
278
The Supervisor Who Rescued a Patient from His Bad Supervisee
281
The Subservient Supervisor and the Superior Supervisee
285
The Parallel Process
287
The Supervisor and the Therapist Who Understood Men
289
The Grandiose Supervisor
292
The Supervisor and the Supervisors Wife
294
The Freudian Supervisor and the Freudian Supervisee
296
The Supervisor Who Helped a Therapist Do Deep Supervision
298
The Supervisor Who Rolled Back His Eyes
300
SYMPTOMS OF COUNTERTRANSFERENCE
303
The Patient Who Would Make Me Famous Obsession with a Patient
306
I Dreamed of Johnnie Dreaming about a Patient
309
The AbsentMinded Therapist Missing Appointments
311
Lazy Afternoon of a Therapist Sleepiness
314
The Tease and I Sexual Arousal
316
The Patient Who Became My Friend Gratifying a Patient
318
The Boring Patient Distractedness
320
The Rejecting Patient Interrupting a Patient
322
The Patient Who Made an Announcement Fear of Losing a Patient
325
A THERAPISTS MANIFESTO
327
INDEX
335
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About the author (2005)

Gerald Schoenewolf, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Living Center in New York, a therapeutic cooperative for people in the arts. He is an adjunct professor of psychology at the New York Institute of Technology, Hunter College, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College as well as the author of 13 books.

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