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The Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry
This book contains the fullest statement of Sullivan's developmental approach to psychiatry, showing in detail how Sullivan traced from early infancy to adulthood the formation of the person, opening the way to a deeper understanding of mental disorders in later life.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 17th 1968 by W. W. Norton Company
(first published 1953)
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I just finished reading this. Need time to digest it I guess, but wanted to say; I'm familiar with the "Sullivanian" movement, the cult, etc. ...having known Dr. Newton's children when they were young, and having kept track of the father as he descended into cultism. He soiled the reputation of H.S.S., who was, I can report confidently now, a brilliant Psychiatrist. Perhaps he was ahead of his time? Discussing psychiatry in the context of field theory? Also, his sexuality became the elephant in ...more
I have read the works of Sigmund Freud, Alfred Alder, Victor Frankl, and Paul Ekman. It's only until recently; I have come across Harry Stack Sullivan. The interpersonal theory describes how humans deal with "anxiety". He describes, the first instance of this happening when the infant has to take his first new breath of air when he/she is out of the womb. Throughout the book he describes the phases of life and how the "anxiety" changes but it's under a new name.