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On Learning from the Patient [Paperback]

Patrick Casement
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18 April 1985 0415025532 978-0415025539 New Ed
On Learning from the Patient is concerned with the potential for psychoanalytic thinking to become self-perpetuating. Patrick Casement explores afresh the dynamics of the helping relationship - learning to recognize how patients offer cues to the therapeutic experience that they are unconsciously in search of. Using many telling clinical examples, he illustrates how, through trial identification, he has learned to monitor the implications of his own contributions to a session from the viewpoint of the patient. He thus shows how, with the aid of this internal supervision, many initial failures to respond appropriately can be remedied and even used to the benefit of the therapeutic work. By learning to distinguish better what helps the therapeutic process from what hinders it, ways are discovered whereby the circularity of pre-conception can more effectively be avoided by those who aim to understand the unconscious of others. From this lively examination of key clinical issues, the author comes to see psychoanalytic therapy as a process of re-discovering theory - and developing a technique that is more specifically related to the individual patient.
The dynamics illustrated here, particularly the processes of interactive communication and containment, occur in any helping relationship and are applicable throughout the caring professions. Patrick Casement's unusually frank presentation of his own work, aided by his lucid and non-technical language, allows wide scope for readers to form their own ideas about the approach to technique he describes. This book, together with its sequel Further Learning from the Patient, will be invaluable to trainee and practising analysts or therapists, and those teaching in related professions.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (18 April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415025532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415025539
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An excellent book which conveys expressively what may happen in a vivid psychoanalytic encounter. It will presumably establish a firm place for itself in psychoanalytic training." - Ludwig Haesler, Bulletin of the European Federation of Psychoanalysts

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5.0 out of 5 stars My 100-word book review 14 Mar 2006
Patrick Casement's honesty in writing this book is an inspiration to those of us aiming to be counsellors. Not many therapists would reveal and discuss their own mistakes and oversights so openly, with a view to helping others learn from them. Casement promotes active listening skills and use of the "internal supervisor" to gain awareness both of the client’s and one’s own internal processes. Also key to his approach is a willingness to embrace uncertainty and not to make snap judgements, in effect to make use of what the poet John Keats called "negative capability." I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars refreshing and exciting 1 Mar 2006
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Very enjoyable. Very frank discussion of case studies, mostly about learning from his mistakes. Written from within the psychoanalytical discipline of intensive work, quotes Winnicott and Bion frequently. Nevertheless there is little or no jargon, he is an ex-social worker and says he is also writing for those with less arcane training. Shows great sensitivity to the patient and great emphasis on the importance of the patient's view of the analysis, is not far away from a Rogerian approach where the patient leads the therapy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading 3 Feb 2008
A must read for all counsellor's/therapists - I can not recommend this book enough: invaluable, informative, excellent writing style and thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn about yourself!! 11 Sep 2003
Oh what a relief to read of the real dilemmas and confusion that is part of being a therapist, as well as the appreciation of what is being given by the patient. The bravery shown in the disclosing and exploration by the author of his own internal processes can help facilitate the reader in exploring their own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable 18 Mar 2010
As a trainee therapist, I have found this book absolutely invaluable. Casement writes with a clarity and honesty that is compelling and infinitely readable. I have found myself quoting Casement in numerous supervision sessions and among my fellow trainees as we have discussed therapeutic dilemmas and difficulties. An important book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cases from a real live person 4 Feb 2013
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This guy is a genius. The cases are so down to earth. He is so insightful and he is not afraid to let us learn from his mistakes. For me that is the mark of someone truly comfortable in their skin.
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