Empowered Psychotherapy: Teaching Self-Processing

Author(s) : Robert Langs

Empowered Psychotherapy: Teaching Self-Processing

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 1994
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 276
  • Category :
  • Category 2 :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 1628
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855750579
  • ISBN 10 : 1855750570

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'Self-Processing' is Langs' development of self-analysis. He lays down a detailed technique and ground-rules for using this technique in everyday practice, in order to utilise the encoded impulses and adaptive processes of the client.

The self-processing (self-analysis) therapy that is at the heart of this book is arguably the most powerful means available for accessing and harnessing the power and wisdom of a deep intelligence whose adaptive choices and encoded communications embody a compelling and effective route to insight and cure. Langs' attention to the details of technique and to the ground rules and of the treatment situation generates many surprising perspectives on the therapeutic experience, exciting revelations that have a multitude of applications in clinical practice. Empowered Psychotherapy is a modern-day classic that stands on the cutting edge of psychotherapy; the book is a turning point in the long and honorable history of the fields of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

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'Over two decades have passed since Robert Langs set out on his lonely, almost quixotic Journey to bring renewed vision, clarity and integrity to the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and to right the seemingly un-rightable wrongs that he found dormantly festering there. Considered at first an enfant terrible on the fringe and then a disquieting superego to the analytic establishment and to most practicing psychotherapists, he finally has come to enjoy a noteworthy acceptance and credibility for his then revolutionary ideas.

'Perhaps the following would suffice to give the briefest idea of the thrust of his ideas: beginning with the concept of the bipersonal field and culminating in the evolution of "communicative psychotherapy" and now "empowered psychotherapy" through "self-processing", there runs a red thread of continuity through the various evolutions that have characterized Langs' thinking. I believe that this red thread is that of a pragmatic idealist who has been attempting to reinstitution such ideas as truth, ethics, humility and ontological security in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

'In fact, Langs seems to believe that the frame psychology is the essence of treatment! Even if the reader is skeptical, he/she will come away from reading this book with an enhanced realization of the importance of his/her frame awareness. I certainly have.'
- James S. Grotstein, M.D., from the Foreword

About the Author(s)

Robert Langs, M.D., is well known as the author of many books on the subject of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, including The Technique of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2 volumes), Psychotherapy: A Basic Text , A Primer of Psychotherapy and Decoding Your Dreams. He is currently Executive Director at the Program for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Beth Israel Medical Center, New York; Clinical Professor with the Department of Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Hospital and School of Medicine, New York; and Visiting Clinical Investigator at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, New York.

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