Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
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Abstract Even in this so-called era of the brain, there has been no consensual agreement on understanding the genesis of the mind by the brain, the problem that also baffled Freud, the neurologist at the start of his great discoveries. Especially, there has been no progress in solving what is kn...
Sexual differentiation of the brain and behavior occurs as the result of prenatal hormonal influences. The fact that the brain is gendered from before birth means that psychodynamic paradigms of women's development must be modernized. This article discusses extra-analytic observations that we ne...
Abstract As dynamic psychiatrists our main clinical focus is to understand patients' symptoms and character structure through the exploration of their past and present experiences. This occurs within the context of their biopsychosocial environment. We work with tools such as free association, i...
Abstract Recent studies of psychotherapy demonstrate that therapists of different orientations-psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and dialectical behavioral-provide beneficial treatment. Despite the stated adherence of clinicans to one orientation or another, review of session t...
Abstract Patients with treatment resistant disorders pose a major problem to clinicians of all theoretical perspectives, including psychodynamic therapists. Treatment of such patients often results in stalemates and impasses, and acting out is a frequent phenomenon. This paper addresses the valu...
Abstract The practice patterns of US psychiatrists have changed over the last two decades, favoring brief clinical encounters and a primary emphasis on pharmacologic care. The main focus of this paper is to illustrate the relevance of psychodynamic principles to prescribing practices. Psychodyna...
Abstract There is no reported research comparing psychotherapy for trainees to psychotherapy for clinical patients. This preliminary study examines similarities and differences between the Training Psychotherapy Experience (TPE), an elective offered to residents in a large psychiatry training pr...
A patient's religious beliefs and practices challenge the clinical experience and self-knowledge of the analyst owing to a great complexity of factors, and often take the form of the analyst's resistances and countertransference reactions to spiritual and religious issues. The analyst's feelings...
This work examines the regressive nature of religious experience and suggests that some people's experience repairs the underlying wounds that in part motivated the regression while others remained fixated in the blissful absence of those wounds. It also investigates what takes place in those ex...