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Moral Stealth: How "Correct Behavior" Insinuates Itself into Psychotherapeutic Practice

Arnold Goldberg Goldberg

Abstract

A psychiatrist writes a letter to a journal explaining his decision to marry a former patient. Another psychiatrist confides that most of his friends are ex-patients. Both practitioners felt they had to defend their behavior, but the author of this book, a psychoanalyst, could not pinpoint the reason why. What was wrong about the analysts' actions? The author explores and explains that problem of “correct behavior.” He demonstrates that the inflated and official expectations that are part of an analyst's training—that therapists be universally curious, hopeful, kind, and purposeful, for exampl ... More

Keywords: correct behavior, therapists, empathy, morality, patient interactions, John Dewey, clinical practice, psychiatrist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226301204
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226301365.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arnold Goldberg Goldberg, author