Review by Choice Review
This valuable handbook covers a broad range of topics and theories. Horowitz (Stanford Univ.) and Strack (VA Ambulatory Care Center, Los Angeles)--who along with many of the contributors are members of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research--argue that the interpersonal approach is highly integrative, systematic, balanced, and comprehensive. Readers can judge for themselves whether the contributors share a systematic approach or are more like members of a loose confederation. The authors of one of the chapters, for example, favor an intrapsychic approach. In their introduction, the editors provide a concise, thoughtful history of the interpersonal approach, focusing on the insights of thinkers such as Harry Stack Sullivan and Fritz Heider. Oddly enough, there is no reference to the intersubjective approach in psychoanalysis even though it draws heavily on Sullivan's work. The writing is accessible, and the chapters are well organized. Psychotherapists may be pleasantly surprised to find a substantial number of chapters that have obvious relevance for clinical practice. The chapters on the therapeutic alliance, trauma, and interpersonal psychotherapy, among others, fall into this category. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. S. Halling Seattle University
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