EDWARD A. STRECKER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
No less an authority than Robert Knight,1 former President of the American Psychoanalytic Society, estimates that only about three in every 10 patients who present themselves for psychotherapeutic treatment are suitable for orthodox analysis. What of the other seven? In my opinion, their best chance of adjustment lies in skilful general psychotherapy.
I am allergic to the word "support" as applied to general psychotherapy. "Support" implies that the therapist acts as a leaning-post for the patient, preaching and scolding and uttering Pollyanna bromides. This is worse than useless. Real, practical psychotherapy assumes some basic knowledge of each patient's psychopathology, of
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STRECKER EA. PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY(PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY*). Ann Intern Med. 1959;50:862–868. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-50-4-862
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