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Anyone treating patients or engaging in clinical research to develop new drug or psychosocial treatments should take a few hours to absorb, once again, the brilliance of Persuasion and Healing.

(American Journal of Psychiatry)

The third edition of this creative integration and critical analysis of the vast literature on psychotherapy stands as a new and authentic contribution.

(Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease)

Lucid, literate, and persuasive, Persuasion and Healing was a classic then, and remains one now.

(British Journal of Psychiatry)

Among the classics of psychiatric literature.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 3rd edition (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801846366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801846366
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stewart Kiritz on November 10, 2008
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Jerome Frank published the first edition of this book almost fifty years ago. Its message is still very relevant, perhaps even more relevant today. Psychotherapy is a form of persuasion and healing and as such, shares many features with other ways of influencing found in different cultures. Its essence, therefore, may not be located in the specific techniques that distinguish one brand of "evidence-based" (or not) therapy from another, but in over-riding considerations, such as the power of a given therapist to engender hope, the vividness of the therapist as a modifying vector, the alliance between therapist and patient, the fit between the tools of the therapist and the conceptualizations of the patient. It is important for a therapist to be solidly grounded in one or more theoretical approaches, but this mainly because such grounding increases the probability of the aforementioned influences on change becoming manifest, or strengthens them. This is a politically incorrect book if you subscribe to the limited medical model of psychotherapy presented as the only paradigm in most psychology programs today. However, if you take a longer view, and actually a view better supported by the evidence carefully considered, this book is a standout in the field of psychotherapy theory.
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This is an outstanding book for anyone interested in how people think, and how people can change the way they think, feel and relate to others. A wonderful survey of the research literature on psychotherapy, but also a great overview for anyone interested in changing others' attitudes and behavior. The topics are relevant and the authors' writing is succinct, clear and engaging. The models of depression, anxiety, inhibition and psychological change are very helpful to anyone in any of the helping fields.
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I read this book in graduate school, and more than a decade later the core ideas still shape my thinking and the choices I make. Frank makes a compelling case connecting multiple disciplines to say "why do people get better?" when they seek out help. When combined with core persuasion research from psychology, marketing, personal branding, and more, it creates a perspective that is immensely powerful. A true masterpiece.
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I regret having bought the kindle version. I want to have this book in printing. BTW This was my first time buying a kindle book. I just feel that given this is a book an reading for my graduate program it would have been more convenient to just buy the physical version of it. The reading is amazing. Though is an old book , it is incredible very controversial in a good manner.
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