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Group Psychotherapists: Wilfred Bion, Norbert Elias, M. L. J. Abercrombie, Hyman Spotnitz, S. H. Foulkes, Robin Skynner, Patrick de Mare
by:General Books LLC
Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Wilfred Bion, Norbert Elias, M. L. J. Abercrombie, Hyman Spotnitz, S. H. Foulkes, Robin Skynner, Patrick de Mare, Irvin D. Yalom, Lois Holzman, James Anthony. Excerpt: ...
Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Wilfred Bion, Norbert Elias, M. L. J. Abercrombie, Hyman Spotnitz, S. H. Foulkes, Robin Skynner, Patrick de Mare, Irvin D. Yalom, Lois Holzman, James Anthony. Excerpt: Hyman Spotnitz (September 29, 1908 - April 18, 2008) was an American psychoanalyst and psychiatrist who pioneered an approach to working psychoanalytically with schizophrenics in the 1950s called modern psychoanalysis . He also was one of the pioneers of group therapy . Background and Education Born in Boston to immigrant parents, Spotnitz attended Harvard College and received a degree in medicine from Friedrich Wilhelms University in Berlin in 1934. He continued his medical studies at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, earning a Medical Science degree in neurology in 1939. His initial work on schizophrenia was conducted while a consulting psychiatrist for the Jewish Board of Guardians in New York City. At the time, most psychoanalysts did not think that schizophrenia was treatable through therapy and group approaches were not popular. His approach was considered controversial, and he left the New York Psychoanalytic Institute to continue to develop his work. On April 18, 2008 he died of natural causes. Theory of technique Spotnitz's treatment approach emphasizes the development of the narcissistic transference in which the patient relates to the therapist as if he were part of his own mind, rather than a separate person. He theorizes that most neuroses and severe mental illnesses originate in the preoedipal period, before the development of language. The transference that develops with these patients then is largely enacted nonverbally through behavior, symptoms, symbolic communications and, importantly, the transmission of feeling states, otherwise known as induced feelings. Spotnitz f...
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