By Lilian R. Furst
" whereas numerous memoirs were written approximately melancholy and remedy, nobody has tested how the ""talking cure"" of psychotherapy is gifted in novels and different works of literature. starting with an outline of the foundations of psychotherapy and its becoming use as a therapy for psychological and emotional problems, Lilian Furst addresses the patient's view of the worth of speak. sufferers' portrayals of psychotherapy in literary works diversity from severe to satirical and from comedian to ironic, with a few descriptions verging at the gruesome. Furst identifies the overtalkers, undertalkers, and duet voices that form the person studies of psychotherapy. whereas the voices of the overtalkers weigh down these in their therapists, undertalkers are reluctant to precise or recognize their emotions. quite revealing are the circumstances the place sufferer and therapist offer separate yet parallel renderings of an analogous treatment. simply speak appears at quite a lot of questions about psychotherapy. Furst considers the patient's first impressions of the therapist and the way the sufferer is triggered to have interaction in speak. She seems to be for symptoms of self-deception or self-betrayal at the patient's half and asks how the therapist's habit impacts the patient's responses and the last word end result of the treatment. Furst examines such famous works as Roth's Portnoy's criticism, Plath's The Bell Jar, and Lodge's remedy, in addition to lesser-known novels, to debate how sufferers react to psychotherapy as a healing for psychological and emotional issues. Her research of those narratives provides considerably to our figuring out of the dynamic dating among sufferer and therapist and divulges a lot in regards to the therapeutic procedure that isn't addressed in technical casebooks.
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Frieda Fromm-Reichmann's papers in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (1959) and Joanne Greenberg's novel I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1964). Curiously, there is no study of the literary representation of the "just talk" that is psychotherapy. 6 The purpose of this book is to examine how the delicate transaction between therapist and patient has been shown in literary guise and to ask what narratives of psychotherapy reveal about the healing process over and beyond what is taught in the textbooks of technical case management.
Nevertheless, the mere prescription of drugs alone is recognized as inadequate in the long run; ''just talk," that is, attention to the individual sufferer's voice in an essentially humanistic format, remains central to psychotherapy. That some of Storr's patients do not understand what psychotherapy consists of is not surprising although the meaning of the actual term is not at all unclear: it denotes the psychological treatment of mental, emotional, or nervous disorders. " 3 The most precise "comprehensive working definition" is given by Wolberg at the beginning of his textbook, The Technique of Psychotherapy:"Psychotherapy is the treatment, by psychological means, of problems of an emotional nature in which a trained person deliberately establishes a professional relationship with the patient with the object of (1) removing, modifying, or retarding existing symptoms, (2) mediating disturbed patterns of behavior, and (3) promoting positive personality growth and development" (3).
Yet he continues to feel uneasy about the "imperialism of the biological" (105), the emphasis on "the physiological underpinnings" (96), in short, the privileging of brain over mind in the rapidly evolving psychopharmacological branch of psychiatry that makes it possibleand simpler and cheaper"to use medication to do what once only psychotherapy did" (97) as in his cure of one patient from homesickness by means of Prozac. Kramer's writings are a clear exposition of the dualism still innate to psychiatry.
Just talk: narratives of psychotherapy by Lilian R. Furst