on January 20, 2000
As a graduate student in social work, I found this book enormously helpful in understanding how to integrate various psychotherapy approaches in professional practice. I checked this book out of the library so many times, I finally bought the book. His methods of how to facilitate personality growth in clients helped me understand myself in new and helpful ways. I feel I have grown tremendously from reading and digesting this book. Psychotherapy of the kind he writes about is truly a "hard work miracle"!
on July 11, 2008
As a student of the Brennan School of Healing, I am interested in the energetic as well as the psychological/emotional components of healing. This book blends them better than any other book I've come across. He shows exercises, that I believe are derived from Bioenergetics, which aid the client in touching into their hidden pain. They are designed to be easy to perform yet productive in getting past the blocks. The only drawback is that this book only addresses the schizoid and oral characterologies in depth. I'm hoping he does another volume on the remaining characterologies.
on July 11, 2013
I have another work by Stephen Johnson, entitled "Humanizing the Narcissistic Style" and I find them both to be of a high academic standard.
Although published in 1985, there is nothing much new coming out of the field of "Object Relations/Ego Psychology", but this remains a seminal work in that area. What I found most useful was his typographical setting out of "Character Analysis" against the backdrop of Object Relations/Character Analytic Perspective/Ego Psychology and Conflict Versus Deficits in Explaining Human Pathology (all sub-titles) re-visiting, if not re-defining core terminology. Brilliant!
He manages to integrate a number of major schools of therapeutic thinking - choosing techniques from a broad base to work on strengthening ego functioning. According to the Jacket Sleeve of the book- "Each intervention fits within behavioral, affective or cognitive domain, change in all three domains being necessary for lasting chacterological change".
Ambitious? yes! Well researched? Indeed!