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THE HEALING PARTNERSHIP

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For Dr. Steinzor, ""the voices of his experience are more compelling than the tenets of his system."" He addresses this book, concerned with ""the patient as colleague in psychotherapy,"" to persons considering therapy, those who are or have been patients, and professional colleagues. He sees the person who enters ""patienthood"" as someone intensely preoccupied with faith, doubt, suffering and joy. In the therapeutic chamber he can find sanctuary, discuss and discover himself. ""My faith is that the key to recovery, the longing to be in a relation of affection, is the strongest urge in life,"" says Dr. Steinzor, who advocates equality between physician and patient, and an I-Thou relationship. He discusses the therapeutic context: transference, dreams and that hidden dissuader, the fee. ""The reality of self is in relations,"" and therapy is successful when it changes the patient's image of himself, reveals to him his true nature. It is a benevolent philosophy, appropriate to the healing physician-partner, offering therapeutic balm that should be seriously considered by all involved parties; it should reassure the patient, reaffirm the physician in their roles.

Publisher: Harper & Row