1st Edition

The Psychoanalytic Process
Theory, Clinical Observation, and Empirical Research

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ISBN 9780898626704
Published February 18, 1987 by Guilford Press
423 Pages

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Book Description

In this landmark volume, already acclaimed as "certain to become a milestone in the history of psychoanalysis and ego psychology", Joseph Weiss' theory of the psychotherapeutic process is presented and supported by the systematic, quantitative research carried out by Sampson, Weiss, and the Mount Zion Psychotherapy Research Group. The book delineates clear-cut implications for doing therapy and for conceptualizing the therapeutic process.
The theory extends and develops concepts that Freud introduced in his later writings. It assumes that psychopathology stems from certain grim, unconscious, pathogenic beliefs that the patient acquires by inference from early traumatic experiences. The patient suffers unconsciously from these beliefs and the feelings of guilt, shame, and remorse that stem from them. He is, therefore, powerfully motivated unconsciously to change them. Moreover, the patient is able to exert considerable control over unconscious mental life and, indeed, to make and carry out unconscious plans. He works unconsciously throughout his treatment to change pathogenic beliefs, both by testing them in relation to the analyst and by using insights conveyed by the analyst's interpretations.



Joseph Weiss is a training analyst at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, and codirector of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group. He maintains a private practice in San Francisco.

Harold Sampson is codirector of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group.


...introduces us to what will likely be one of the most productive programs of psychoanalytic research. A must read'. - Contemporary Psychology

The authors have made a unique and valuable contribution to the empirical study of psychoanalytic process. Their methods and designs will become, I think, a benchmark against which further studies in this arena will come to be assessed. - International Journal of Psycho-Analysis

This book introduces us to what will likely be one of the most generative and productive programs of psychoanalytic research. It is a must read' for anyone interested in the cutting edge of theory and research in psychotherapy. - Contemporary Psychology

The work is loaded with excellent illuminating clinical examples, and its relevance for psychotherapy as well as analysis is clear....There is little question that the authors' research approach and methods represent an extraordinarily important step for psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. - American Journal of Psychiatry