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Review of Understanding personality through projective testing.

Reviews the book, Understanding Personality through Projective Testing by Steven Tuber (see record 2012-07975-000). Tuber’s volume follows in the tradition of classics on psychoanalytic psychological assessment. Tuber communicates his ideas and methods in a manner that is more accessible to contemporary graduate students, pre- and postdoctoral trainees, and early career psychologists who may have had less immersion in psychoanalytic theory than their predecessors in past decades. An experienced clinician, teacher, and supervisor, Tuber strives to write as if the reader is “sitting in my classroom, sharing the dialogue with me” (p. ix), and he is largely successful. Tuber’s aims are to (a) present a developmental psychodynamic framework for understanding healthy and maladaptive pers…

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A pilot study of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy for depression and anxiety in young Iranian adults: The effect of attachment style on outcomes.

This pilot study examines the feasibility and efficacy of a brief psychodynamic therapy called brief empathic psychotherapy (BEP; B. Seruya, 1997, Empathic brief psychotherapy, Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ) as a treatment for anxiety and depressive symptoms in a group of young university students in Iran. The study used an uncontrolled repeated-measures design with data collected at baseline, completion of treatment and at 3 months following completion. Participants were 20 students from an Iranian university who presented to the university’s health center with symptoms of anxiety and depression. All subjects were Persian. There were 9 men and 11 women participants, aged 19 to 24 years. Participants completed the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale, short-form (A. Sahebi, M. J. Asghari, & R….

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Do cultural and sociodemographic variables matter in the study of psychoanalysis? A follow-up comment and simple suggestion.

In this follow up comment to Watkins (2012), I consider how diversity variables have been incorporated into or impacted treatment research on psychoanalysis. Thirteen studies of psychoanalysis (including over 1,100 analysands), January, 1960 to April, 2010, drawn from three recent treatment meta-analyses were reviewed to determine the race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and educational level of research participants. Virtually none of the studies provided any information whatsoever on race/ethnicity, and most either provided incomplete or no information on socioeconomic status and educational level. Compared with the earlier article (Watkins, 2012), these results point to “more of the same” cultural/demographic neglect if not worse. Health disparities research—which provide…

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