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Learning from the Patient

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In one volume, this book presents Patrick Casement's two classic works, On Learning from the Patient and Further Learning from the Patient. The patient's unconscious contribution to analytic work is fully explored. Casement writes with unusual openness about what really happens in the consulting room, including mistakes--his own as well as others'. Everything in psychoanal ...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published September 25th 1992 by The Guilford Press (first published April 1st 1985)
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Jack
Aug 26, 2013 Jack rated it really liked it
In “Learning From The Patient,” psychoanalyst Patrick Casement invites the reader to roam around his head as he considers various analytical theories and the interactional experience that goes on between patients and analysts/therapists. To me, Casement is impressive not only because of the breadth of his theoretical knowledge but because of his deep humility, openness and candor. While reading the book I kept thinking of a scene from the fantasy series, “Earthsea,” by Ursula Le Guin. -I know, ...more
Piergiorgio
Mar 27, 2011 Piergiorgio rated it it was amazing
Why do I love this book? Because it is sincere. In sincerity lies the quality of the book, the ability to learn from mistakes. This is why it is informative: Because it's real, it's not a theoretical book. Not so many therapists are able to discuss their thoughts, successes and mistakes with the reader. There is too much conceptual knowledge and few practical knowledge in the majority of psychoanalytic books. This book is an exception.

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Paul Johnston
Feb 15, 2013 Paul Johnston rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. Easy to read and well worth reading! It is about working with patients, so it is more about technique than theory; or rather it focuses on technique and the theory that underlies the technique is discretely referred to rather than dwelt upon. His main message is about learning from the patient in the sense that he believes that on some level the patient knows what he needs from therapy/analysis and the therapist's (demanding!) job is to create a context that enables th ...more
Amy
Apr 07, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
The thoughtfulness with which Patrick Casement reflects on his experiences results in a beautiful work that moves gracefully from specific examples to guiding principles. His voice is clear, firm and gentle. I was in turn intrigued, moved and enlightened.
Dáithí Ó Murchú (Fr. David)


Meaty, and with plenty of bone to gnaw on.
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Much on derivatives.
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It was a great great book.
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