Learning from the Patient

ISBN: 0898621577
ISBN 13: 9780898621570
By: Patrick J. Casement

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In one volume, this book presents Patrick Casement's two classic works, On Learning from the Patient and Further Learning from the Patient. The patient's unconscious contribution to analytic work is fully explored. Casement writes with unusual openness about what really happens in the consulting room, including mistakes--his own as well as others'. Everything in psychoanalytic theory and technique is up for questioning and for careful testing in the clinical setting. Casement provides fresh insights on familiar concepts as well as developing a number that are new; every concept is explained and illustrated with clinical examples.

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Why do I love this book? Because it is sincere. In sincerity lies the quality of the book, the ability to learn from mistakes. This is why it is informative: Because it's real, it's not a theoretical book. Not so many therapists are able to discuss their thoughts, successes and mistakes with the reader. There is too much conceptual knowledge and few practical knowledge in the majority of psychoanalytic books. This book is an exception.I want to say that there are too many transference interpretations in the book...everything the patient says about past or the present is interpreted by Casement in the here and now of the transference, as lack of care perceived by the patient.It is an exaggeration, according to me, because there is no place for drives, intrapsychic conflict and extra-transference interpretations...The positive side is the clear description of the importance of containment revealed through clinical examples.


Much on derivatives.

Dáithí G É Ó Murchú

Meaty, and with plenty of bone to gnaw on.


It was a great great book.

Paul Johnston

This is an excellent book. Easy to read and well worth reading! It is about working with patients, so it is more about technique than theory; or rather it focuses on technique and the theory that underlies the technique is discretely referred to rather than dwelt upon. His main message is about learning from the patient in the sense that he believes that on some level the patient knows what he needs from therapy/analysis and the therapist's (demanding!) job is to create a context that enables the patient to get what he/she needs.

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