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Art of Psychotherapy, 2Ed [Paperback]

Anthony Storr
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30 July 1990 075060428X 978-0750604284 2
An accessible and deservedly popular introduction to psychotherapy for psychiatrists, therapists in training, clinical psychologists, psychiatric nurses and others in the `helping professions'.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2 edition (30 July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075060428X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750604284
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anthony Storr is a distinguished British psychiatrist who has published on a wide range of topics in psychology and psychotherapy. His previous books include Solitude: A Return to the Self, and Jung (Routledge). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written 20 Nov 2009
Storr's 'The Art of Psychotherapy' is a very readable and to-the-point introduction to (analytical) psychotherapy. He eschews jargon and technical words and describes for the layman, patient and practitioner, what psychotherapy is, the people who conduct it, the range of cases it covers and possible outcomes of the psycho-therapeautic process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still very much worth reading 28 Sep 2009
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Rather dated now but still very much worth reading. A complete absence of psychobabble- Storr is crisp, clear and to the point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and really enjoyable 21 Dec 2013
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If you work in the world of therapy/psychology (as I do) or you are just interested in it, I believe you will like this book so long as you are not anti-psychoanalytical/psychodynamic (as that is the authors orientation), however, in saying that, the author is so good at relaying otherwise complex information (psychodynamic literature can be full of complex jargon for the uninitiated) and does not preach his school of therapy at all, making this read is accessible to all.

Obviously aimed for the therapist, it can be handy for ideas when formulating cases as typical presentations are detailed (of 'the depressive', 'the obsessive', and so on) with common characteristic and personality themes derived from theory and the authors practice. There is a really interesting chapter too on the characteristics of the typical therapist - had me down to a tee. I found the very early chapters on the practicalities of therapy a bit too basic for me.

I would not recommend it to someone who is well versed in the school of psychodynamic, as you may find it tedious, but for training therapists, or therapists/psychologists with an open-mind (not a dogmatic CBT type for example), an interest in personality development, or a hint (or ineed more) of an interest in psychodynamoc approaches. Should be cheap-ish too as it is a tad dated. I actually read it out of interest, not so much for work, as it is enjoyable and not a hard read (and then read bits of it again) :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 2 Sep 2013
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Have not had a chance to start reading this book yet but looking forward to getting stuck in as any other books by the same author have been a rewarding read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and nice to read. You will end wanting to read more from this author. 7 Sep 2012
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This book is very useful for trainees in psychiatry. It was recommended to me by my long term psychotherapy supervisor. It is a good introductory reading to the world of psychotherapy. The only thing I did not like about the book is the author not using many references when developing his ideas, although at some point he talks about the "obsession" of MDs to have "hard data" and that psychotherapists should feel comfortable dealing with ambiguity and limited scientific evidence given the nature of their practice.
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