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Individual Psychotherapy and the Science of Psychodynamics, 2Ed (Hodder Arnold Publication) [Paperback]

David Malan
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27 Jun 1995 075062387X 978-0750623872 2
Dr Malan's iconic book is firmly established as a classic psychotherapy textbook and it remains extremely popular. The second edition of this highly individual and fascinating text brings theory and practice up to date, while keeping the essential character of the book unchanged.

The book offers an invaluable description of dynamic psychotherapy and the theory on which it is based. Through the use of numerous case studies and clinical stories, the book begins by illustrating everyday mental mechanisms, moving on to a discussion of some of the most profound problems experienced by human beings. Practical applications of theory through different techniques are described, from the straightforward to the handling of some of the most complex and dangerous situations likely to be encountered in psychotherapy. Part of the book's unique value is derived from the way in which it distils from psychoanalytic theory the core of scientific truth.

Covers the principles of dynamic psychotherapy from the most elementary to some of the most profound
Always illustrates these with true case studies told as they happened
Gives full interpretations and analysis
Beautifully written and highly accessible for anyone with a deep interest in people.

New material for the second edition includes: the relation with the mother in the male Oedipus complex, disturbances in the relation with siblings, masochism, and the 'compulsion to repeat'.
This is an important resource for all psychotherapists of any degree of experience, psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, primary care physicians, mental health nurses and anyone with an interest in the human mind. For psychotherapists in training it remains an outstanding textbook.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2 edition (27 Jun 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075062387X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750623872
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Reading 20 Nov 2008
This book is as relevant now as it was nearly thirty years ago for anyone aspiring to working in psychotherapy. I consider David Malan to be iconic in the evolution of psychotherapy; counsellors, psychotherapists,students alike ignore him at their peril! Via many interesting and illuminating casework examples linked to theory, the book offers basic principles which underpin the whole concept of psychotherapy. Beautifully written and easily absorbed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 20 May 2009
As a first year traineee, I wish this had been on our booklist. Whilst I suspect all psychodynamic trainees will cover the Malan triangles, this book is so much more. Even if you don't plan on doing time limited work, having a clear structure and approach is a great starting point, and the early chapters are useful for everone. The examples from clients are really useful and aid the clarity. This book is clearly written, I found it hard to put down, and have re-read it several times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Psychodynamic clarity!! 14 Aug 2011
This is probably the best introduction to the psychodynamic approach that I have read. It gently opens with everyday human interaction and stories and builds theory around them. It is chock-full of case studies, examples and evaluations of 'typical' psychodynamic interpretations with the aim of guiding the reader in being considerate of a range of responses. As a person centred counsellor, I consider this book essential reading for anyone providing counselling and especially for those wishing to gain a good footing in a psychodynamic approach.

The core of the book revolves around Malan's two triangles: the triangle of conflict and the triangle of persons. The triangle of conflict contains the following corners: Defence, Anxiety and Hidden Feeling. These offer a point of reference in working with the presenting issues. To quote Malan: "(He) has told the therapist very clearly that the patient's inability to feel is a Defence against the Anxiety of losing the girl and being exposed to overwhelming grief (the Hidden Feeling)". Similarly the triangle of persons has the following corners: Other, Transference and Parent or Sibling. The idea here is to trace how the presenting issue arises in these three environments: in the person's work/home life (Other), in the therapy room (Transference) and childhood (Parent).

And the book contains much more, including the following chapter titles: Problems of femininity and sexuality in women, Problems of masculinity and sexuality in men, The relation with the therapist: Transference, An introduction to depression...

I would consider this book to be worthwhile for the practicing therapist who wishes to be more attentive to unconscious communication and developmental issues.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of case studies 5 Feb 2014
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Extensive range of case studies to illustrate points that Malan is trying to make. No easy answers but rather food for thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for psychodynamic psychotherapists 5 Jan 2000
By Paul Jerry - Published on Amazon.com
Dr. Malan's work is an excellent description of how to approach a client from a psychodynamic perspective. Building from some basic dynamic patterns (Oedipal etc) Malan shows how common presenting issues are driven by unconscious processes.
Malan relies on a model which incorporates the triangles of person and conflict (reminicent of Menninger's work in the 50's). This model provides a visual and well as conceptual tool for understanding the moment-by-moment events in the psychotherapy session. I have found this model to be most useful and have also published accounts of psychotherapy using this text as the key resource.
Throughout the text, Malan uses case examples to illustrate theory. While some readers might find the book heavy going at times, the determined reader will be rewarded with a wealth of clinical wisdom.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The triangle of Conflict and the triangle of Person 25 Jan 2000
By Tony Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Malan offers the reader a window into the unconscious. He is both practical (as an analyst with an eclectic range of paradigms) and as an author who offers powerful stories that help the reader to make sense of the complexity of his psychotherapeutic practice. The stories offer insights into the worlds of his (often temporarily unhealthy) patients, but for me, the useful theorising emerges from his symbolism - the development of the two triangles. The Triangle of Conflict, with its three vertices representing Defence, Anxiety and Hidden Feelings: and the Triangle of Person, where the vertices represent Other 'O'(recent past), Transference, 'T' (here-and-now) and Parent 'P' (distant past). With this framework, Malan puts his patients (and fortunately for us - his readers) in touch with appropriate questions to ask of their unconscious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Psychodynamics I Have Read 28 Jan 2012
By C. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the main texts for my graduate psychotherapy class and it is the best book on psychodynamics that I have ever read. I love this text and I carry it around with me to re-read portions at my leisure. It is very comprehensive and demonstrates concepts through case studies. Very informative and a joy to read. I could not put it down!
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 6 Sep 2013
By AnnK - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this was an absolutely brilliant read especially as I am studying psychotherapy. If you are seeing clients, especially if you
have just started, this book is invaluable. It gives detailed guidance on how to build up the therapeutic alliance, how to meet clients where they are and explains everything in minute detail. I would recommend it highly
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