Care of the Psyche: A History of Psychological Healing

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Yale University Press, 1999 - Medical - 504 pages
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In this book, a distinguished historian of medicine surveys the basic elements that have constituted psychological healing over the centuries. Dr. Stanley W. Jackson shows that healing practices, whether they come from the worlds of medicine, religion, or philosophy, share certain elements that transcend space and time.Drawing on medical writings from classical Greece and Rome to the present, as well as on philosophical and religious writings, Dr. Jackson shows that the basic ingredients of psychological healing-which have survived changes of name, the fall of their theoretical contexts, and the waning of social support in different historical eras-are essential factors in our modern psychotherapies and in healing contexts in general.
 

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This work differs from previous histories of psychiatry and psychotherapy in two ways. First, it includes records of religious and philosophical counseling practices as well as information from ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Psychological Healing in Ancient Greece and Rome
16
The HealerSufferer Relationship
37
The Listening Healer
79
The Talking Cures
98
Catharsis and Abreaction
117
Confession and Confiding
143
Consolation and Comfort
165
Animal Magnetism Mesmerism and Hypnosis
239
Suggestion
264
Persuasion
287
Conditioning and Reward or Punishment
308
Explanation and Interpretation
325
SelfUnderstanding and Insight
342
SelfObservation and Introspection
365
Overview and Afterthoughts
383

The Use of the Passions
201
o The Use of the Imagination 22 i
221

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