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On Learning from the Patient


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Table of Contents

Samuels, Introduction. Williams, Foreword. Casement, Introduction. Preliminary Thoughts on Learning From the Patient. The Internal Supervisor. Internal Supervision: A Lapse and Recovery. Forms of Interactive Communication. Listening From an Interactional Viewpoint: A Clinical Presentation. Key Dynamics of Containment. Analytic Holding Under Pressure. Processes of Search and Discovery in the Therapeutic Experience. The Search for Space: An Issue of Boundaries. Theory Re-discovered. Appendix I Knowing and Not-knowing: Winnicott and Bion.Appendix II The Issues of Confidentiality and of Exposure by the Therapist.

About the Author

Patrick Casement is a Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and a Member of the International Association of Psychoanalysis. He was formerly a training analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society, having been in full-time private practice for many years, now retired. He is the author of numerous publications including Learning from Life (Routledge, 2006) and Learning from our Mistakes (Routledge, 2002).


"Some of Casement's observations are nothing short of brilliant." Social Work Today "This book provides some moving insights into analytic technique at work. Free from jargon, it is accessible to anybody." The Economist "Doctors, particularly general practitioners, are often chastised for failing to listen to or communicate properly with patients ... Patrick Casement's book could well serve as a compelling explanation of dynamic dialogue." The Lancet "This is an excellent textbook. It is entertaining to read, and it conveys complex concepts in accessible and easy-to-read ways." International Journal of Psychoanalysis "Casement's two books (On Learning from the Patient and Further Learning from the Patient) will become classics in their field and deserve to be so. They should be required reading for every psychotherapist in training." Anthony Storr (from the first edition)

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