Time-Limited Psychotherapy by James MannTime-Limited Psychotherapy by James Mann

Time-Limited Psychotherapy

byJames Mann, Mann

Paperback | October 15, 1980

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Waiting lists in psychiatric clinics and increasing numbers of patients in long-term psychotherapy have highlighted the need for shorter methods of treatment. Existing forms of short-term psychotherapy tend to be vague and uncertain, lacking as they do a clearly formulated rationale and methodology.

The bold and challenging technique for brief psychotherapy designed around the factor of time itself, which Dr. Mann introduces here, is a method he hopes will revolutionize current practice. The significance of time in human life is examined in terms of the development of time sense as well as its unconscious meaning and the ways these are experienced in both the categorical and existential senses. The author shows how the interplay between the regressive pressures of the child's sense of infinite time and the adult reality of categorical time determine the patient's unconscious expectations of psychotherapy.

Dr. Mann is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and former Dean of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute.
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Title:Time-Limited PsychotherapyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.27 inPublished:October 15, 1980Publisher:Harvard

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ISBN - 10:0674891910

ISBN - 13:9780674891913

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Table of Contents



1. Time: Conscious and Unconscious

2. The Treatment Agreement and Treatment Guidelines

3. Some Basic Universal Conflict Situations

4. The Sequence of Dynamic Events

5. The Therapist as Participant

6. The Selection of Patients

7. Teaching This Treatment Method



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An important and stimulating contribution to the rapidly growing literature on brief psychotherapy. It deserves a wide readership among all mental health professionals and should encourage spirited discussion and clinical research.