March/April 2013

Editor's Note

What’s Wisdom Worth?

March/April 2013
The pioneers in our field—Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Virginia Satir, Fritz Perls, Salvador Minuchin, and others—all recognized that they were providing something more than just technique. But does today’s short-term, empirically supported, manualized and medicalized psychotherapy really require its practitioners to be wise? Is wisdom even desirable?
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Wisdom In Psychotherapy

Can We Afford It?

March/April 2013
It wasn’t their research results or bestselling books that set apart Freud, Rogers, Minuchin, and Satir. They seemed to have a sense of what really mattered. But today, have conceptions about clinical wisdom become obsolete?
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Dark Passage

Suffering and the Quest for Wisdom

March/April 2013
There’s something about healing from the deep emotional suffering that feels like death and rebirth—not the quick kind that some claim to receive in religious conversion. It’s the kind that asks us to be open to changing our contract with life in the most fundamental way.

The Many Faces Of Wisdom

Perspectives on Therapy’s Questions

March/April 2013
Excerpts from a series of interviews with some of the wisest souls in the field of psychology and psychotherapy on essential questions clinicians struggle with every day.

Psychotherapy’s Mark Twain

For Frank Pittman, Self-Seriousness Was the One Unpardonable Sin

March/April 2013
Networker movie critic and contributor Frank Pittman delighted in pointing out the follies, foibles, and excesses of the therapy world, especially anything he considered too trendy, sanctimonious, or politically correct.

Clinician’s Digest I

DSM-5 Ready for Release

March/April 2013

Clinician’s Digest II

Reading Emotions

March/April 2013

In Consultation

Mentalization: Something New or Just Old Wine in New Bottles?

March/April 2013
Is “mentalization” a breakthrough in our understanding of the mind, or just a rehash of old ideas?

Case Study

Sex, Lies, and the Long Road Back: Recovering from an Extramarital Affair

March/April 2013
Healing from an extramarital affair is rarely a simple process, especially when embarrassing sexual secrets and incompatibilities are exposed.

Point Of View

Finding the Hero Within: Exploring the Link Between Trauma and Oppression

March/April 2013
Kenneth Hardy believes that the experience of trauma is too often unacknowledged by therapists struggling to help troubled minority youth.

Bookmarks

Testing the Bond: What's family without shared identity?

March/April 2013

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

In an encyclopedic new book, Andrew Solomon explores how parents and children forge emotional bonds with one another in the presence of sometimes vast inborn differences.

Family Matters

After the Anger: Learning to Love an Imperfect Parent

March/April 2013
A man entering his sixties discovers some peculiar markers that signal a retreat from old oppositional habits.
March/April 2013
Clinical Wisdom
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