CONDITIONED REFLEX THERAPY by Andrew Salter

CONDITIONED REFLEX THERAPY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A popular presentation of the new technique which will be publicized as CRT, this form of psychotherapy is based on the conditioned reflex approach established by Pavlov which the author claims will displace psychoanalysis. Time and money consuming, ""Psycho-analysis is a witches Sabbath of concepts that fades into air at the tolling of the Pavlovian bell"". In the first chapters he explains the physiology of hypnosis and his methods of conditioning responses of inhibition, excitation. In the later chapters he shows how his psychotherapy has worked successfully to remedy pain, insomnia, low self-sufficiency, claustrophobia, stuttering, alcoholism, smoking, shyness, anxiety, masochism, homosexuality in only a few treatments. What the professional response to or sponsorship of CRT will be remains conjectural- but it does seem like a pretty tall order. The publishers however are backing this enthusiastically and have a certain established evidence in that three in the office have already given up smoking.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1949
Publisher: Creative Age