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on 27 November 2009
Provides a nice starting point for students of Counseling Psychology or Psychotherapy.
Gives very brief editorial outline of ramifications and drivers of the Integrative movement which is affecting movement along the i thou, i it spectrum for most psychotherapeutic theories.
Then moves into a very lightweight historical overview of transference and projection from Freud through to Klein. Then shifts into the modern contemporary schools of psychoanalysis (sometimes, outside of this publication seen as integrative rather than psychoanalytic) where the need for a 'real' relationship has been identified in widening the scope and success rate of therapy.
Following theoretical chapters deal with CBT and the concept of Schemas or 'core relationship themes' which are effectively (it is argued) transference. And the Humanistic movement- Person Centered, Existential and Gestalt (and Psychodrama), where transference had been repudiated as quite irrelevant to the therapeutic process, but has now been identified as sometimes relevant and a very real phenomenon.
Developments in systemic therapy are given a full chapter and the remaining chapters of the book deal with technically how transference and projection are dealt with in therapy.
The book is a very good starting point for any student. But should be seen as very much that- and to get a fuller picture, further reading is definitely required.
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on 19 August 2011
for anyone undertaking a course in psychology, psychotherapy or the like this is an invaluable reference book for any theory; whether psychodynamic, person centred or Gestalt. I'm using it Integrative Psychotherapy course only wish I'd bought it before the piece of work was handed in !
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on 24 August 2012
Projecting is what we do...

Transfering is also what we do...

What we do - about what we do - is where it becomes interesting...

One of the great things about "being" a psychotherapist is learning about the "how to" get better - whether that be a better relationship with ourself - with significant others - or with potential partners / friends / colleagues and the world in general.

This book is an introduction to what has been called "psycho-babble" aka transference and projection - processes that occur in day to day life - as well as the therapeutic relationship - that simply mean the past comes alive in the present...

Different theories and different therapists use different language to explain or attempt to explain the same thing and this book is an attempt to look at "what we do" and "why we do what we do" from more than one psychotherapeutic perspective and each chapter is set out in a similar fashion:
Working with this particular concept...

Some of the conclusions are more conclusive than others - and some intuitively make more sense than others...

We have all had the experience of "feeling" why is this happening to me all over again - and what we may be unaware of - is our unconscious activity that is persistent in creating these ongoing perceptions of "others" and that's basically what this book is all about...

When we - start uncovering our own transference and projections - we now have counter-transference - a bit like my mother and your father playing out their relationship with us - instead of us relating our own particular reality...

If you're ever caught up "feeling like crap" and you haven't chosen to feel like crap - then wonder who's relationship you're "acting out" and choose something different...

These transferential relationships can play out through families - over generations - with siblings - with husband and wife - in fact with just about anyone - client and therapist / therapist and supervisor and can be both positive or negative...

Becoming aware of how these relationships are played out and whether this is actually helpful to point out to someone - or whether this may be misinterpreted and will be unhelpful is probably another book...

"never mind the transferential revival of the archaic experience of the bad breast..."

Psycho-babble at its best - so if you like to ponder the imponderable then this is as good a book as any to while away a few hours...

Does this book help you to have a better relationship with yourself - and with others - probably...

Anyway, I enjoy reading books like this and this is a core concept of psychotherapy - so it makes sense to keep learning - and just see what happens...

If you like learning - then buy this book and see if you can use the information to create better relationships for you and yours - and if you can - then the money for this book has been well spent...
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on 2 July 2011
This is an essential reading for those entering the psychotherapy and counselling field. It explains thoroughly what transference and projections are in a very simple and easy way to understand.
There are lots of examples where projections and transference occur which is not only with the therapist.
I am really enjoying the book and I would highly recommend it.
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on 21 March 2012
A very clear presentation and backed up with examples. Fantastic book on a subject. I read it in one evening!
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on 28 January 2011
In my final year of an Integrative Arts Psychotherapy training where understanding and working with transference is essential. This book saved the day, it looks at transference through the eyes of different theoretical approaches explaining what is a complex subject in a clear way.
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on 15 August 2013
As a counselling and psychotherapy student this will be a most valuable addition to my ever growing library. Good old Amazon!
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