A Curious Calling: Unconscious Motivations for Practicing Psychotherapy

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--presents the only book-length treatment of the crucial yet neglected topic of unconscious motivations for practicing psychotherapy
--provides an extensive literature review spanning Drive Theory, Self Theory, and Object Relations Theory
--includes discussion of the results of an author-conducted study of clinicians that explores such issues as vocational choice, experience as a therapist and as a patient, family background, and personal development

New to the Second Edition: --Foreward by Karen J. Maroda, Ph.D., assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin
--Introduction by the author, emphasizing how recent trends in clinical theory and practice indicate that the book's topic is more important than ever
--Afterword by the author that updates the literature review and addresses recent hot-button issues such as therapist self-disclosure and enactment

A Curious Calling was originally published by Jason Aronson in 1992 and featured as a Main Selection in the Psychotherapy Book News. It garnered favorable reviews in numerous professional journals, including: The British Journal of Psychiatry, The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, The Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Contemporary Psychology, and Psychoanalytic Books: A Quarterly Review of Journals.

About the Author:

Michael B. Sussman, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Sussman has worked in private practice and as a clinical instructor at Harvard University. He is the editor of A Perilous Calling: The Hazards of Psychotherapy Practice and the author of a children's picture book, Otto Grows Down.

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