A Curious Calling: Unconscious Motivations for Practicing Psychotherapy (2nd Revised edition)

A Curious Calling: Unconscious Motivations for Practicing Psychotherapy (2nd Revised edition)

By: Michael B. Sussman (author)Paperback

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"What brings you here?" is the standard question posed to patients at the outset of their therapeutic journey. In A Curious Calling, this question is posed to therapists themselves. Applicants to psychotherapy training programs commonly state that they wish "to help people"-but this tells us very little. What are the unconscious factors underlying the decision to become a psychotherapist? Guilt, compassion, a sense of moral duty, a sense of power? Or a wish to be needed, or to enjoy vicariously the prospect of receiving aid and comfort? For each individual with a "need to help" there exists a unique constellation of underlying motives and aims. Without exploring and facing up to these hidden sources of motivation, therapists run the risk of exploiting patients for their own needs.

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About Author

Michael B. Sussman, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Sussman has worked in private practice and as a clinical instructor at Harvard University. He is the editor of A Perilous Calling: The Hazards of Psychotherapy Practice and the author of a children's picture book, Otto Grows Down.

Product Details

  • publication date: 23/10/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780765705525
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 258
  • ID: 9780765705525
  • weight: 385
  • ISBN10: 0765705524
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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