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Moral StealthHow "Correct Behavior" Insinuates Itself into Psychotherapeutic Practice$
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Arnold Goldberg Goldberg

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226301204

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226301365.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Moral Stealth
University of Chicago Press

Psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and psychotherapists of varied and disparate training and background really live in two separate worlds. The world of treatment is delineated by all sorts of behavioral rules and regulations, which are often quite different from those that apply to dinner parties and to the whole of real life. It may be felt by many that these two worlds do become one in regard to some issues, especially those that focus on ethics and morality. Psychoanalysis demands a personal analysis, most other disciplines ask for some form of therapy, and almost all require supervision of cases. These forms of regulation, usually for licensing or credentialing purposes, are focused on during the period of training, while the requisite standards for “correct behavior” (as opposed to correct practice) are supposed to be in place for life. This book is concerned with the interplay between correct behavior and correct practice, between being what one might call “a good person” and a good therapist.

Keywords:   psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, correct behavior, ethics, morality, psychoanalysis, therapy, correct practice, good person, good therapist

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