On Learning From The Patient Is Concerned With The Potential For Psychoanalytic Thinking To Become Self Perpetuating Patrick Casement Explores Afresh The Dynamics Of The Helping Relationship Learning To Recognize How Patients Offer Cues To The Therapeutic Experience That They Are Unconsciously In Search Of Using Many Telling Clinical Examples, He Illustrates How, Through Trial Identification, He Has Learned To Monitor The Implications Of His Own Contributions To A Session From The Viewpoint Of The Patient He Thus Shows How, With The Aid Of This Internal Supervision, Many Initial Failures To Respond Appropriately Can Be Remedied And Even Used To The Benefit Of The Therapeutic Work By Learning To Distinguish Better What Helps The Therapeutic Process From What Hinders It, Ways Are Discovered Whereby The Circularity Of Pre Conception Can Effectively Be Avoided By Those Who Aim To Understand The Unconscious Of Others From This Lively Examination Of Key Clinical Issues, The Author Comes To See Psychoanalytic Therapy As A Process Of Re Discovering Theory And Developing A Technique That Is Specifically Related To The Individual Patient.The Dynamics Illustrated Here, Particularly The Processes Of Interactive Communication And Containment, Occur In Any Helping Relationship And Are Applicable Throughout The Caring Professions Patrick Casement S Unusually Frank Presentation Of His Own Work, Aided By His Lucid And Non Technical Language, Allows Wide Scope For Readers To Form Their Own Ideas About The Approach To Technique He Describes This Book, Together With Its Sequel Further Learning From The Patient, Will Be Invaluable To Trainee And Practising Analysts Or Therapists, And Those Teaching In Related Professions. In Learning From The Patient, psychoanalyst Patrick Casement invites the reader to roam around his head as he considers various analytical theories and the interactional experience that goes on between patients and analysts therapists To me, Casement is impressive not only because of the breadth of his theoretical knowledge but because of his deep humility, openness and candor While reading the book I kept thinking of a scene from the fantasy series, Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin I know, In Learning From The Patient, psychoanalyst Patrick Casement invites the reader to roam around his head as he considers various analytical theories and the interactional experience that goes on between patients and analysts therapists To me, Casement is impressive not only because of the breadth of h
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 know
This is an excellent book Easy to read and well worth reading It is about working with patients, so it isabout 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 t
The thoughtfulness with which Patrick Casement reflects on his experiences results in a beautiful work that moves gracefully from specific examples to guiding principles His voice is clear, firm and gentle I was in turn intrigued, moved and enlightened. It was a great great book.
- On Learning From The Patient
- Patrick J. Casement
- 02 October 2018 Patrick J. Casement