What is the best textbook on AP psychology

My literature recommendations

Dear Colleagues,

On this page I inform you regularly about my literature recommendations on the subject of psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Book recommendations with commentary.

Overview of recommendations:

-New very good books
-Must have books / classics
- You don't have to have, but very recommendable books
- Application books (report to the reviewer)
-News about psychoanalysis / pa. Positioning
-Psychoanalytical-Theories-Refresh-Books
- Great psychodynamic textbooks
- Oedipus Books
-OPD and OPD debate
-Trauma / PTSD
-Transmission / GÜ
- What makes a good therapist?
-Psychoanalytical lexicons
-Biographical anamnesis / initial discussions
-Disorder-related psychodyne. PT
-KJP
-E-learning psychodyne. PT
-Humor / Cartoons Psychoanalysis
-TP fonts free on the net

 

 

Newer very recommendable books (as of Nov. 18):

Gumz & Hörz-Sagstetter (2018). Psychodynamic psychotherapy in practice
comment: This book finally heralds an overdue paradigm shift in TP literature. Because there is finally the first TP textbook with associated patient videos (see next link below)! The film viewing that has been around for a long time in the VT is now finally also in the TP. The corresponding DVD can be found here below (over 4 hours of patient video material, with 18 patients, renowned TP therapists practice therapy with acting patients along all important disorders)

Videos: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Practice: Beltz Video-Learning. 2 DVDs with 24-page booklet. Running time 240 min.

Boll-Klatt & Kohrs: Psychotherapy based on depth psychology (compact psychotherapy)
comment: a very good and, above all, wonderfully compact book on the TP. The two authors have so far become known for their thick, very good overview textbook, this paperback is the compact version of this. Recently released! Special recommendation from me.

Rudolf: Think psychodynamically - act depth psychologically: Practice of depth psychologically founded psychotherapy
Comment: the latest work by Rudolf. Here the reader will find the extract of Rudolf's expertise on the subject of TP. Nice and compact, as always pleasant to read with Rudolf, with many aha experiences. With a foreword by Lars Hauten.

 

 

Must have books / classics:

THESE BOOKS SHOULD NOT BE MISSING IN YOUR BOOKING RULE

Boll-Klatt / Kohrs: Practice of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Basics - Models - Concepts
Comment: Must have! This book is a very good textbook / overview book for TP. Very well prepared. The impression arises that there is a new generation of textbooks. This one is definitely an outstanding representative. Attention: 2018 in a new edition!

Boll-Klatt / Kohrs: Psychotherapy based on depth psychology (compact psychotherapy)
Comment: this is basically the compact version of the above-mentioned book by Boll-Klatt / Kohrs. If you'd rather have a more compact book, I recommend this one. Here the focus is on the TP, which is also reflected in the title. Also newer book!

Wöller-Kruse: Psychotherapy based on depth psychology: basic book and practical guide
Comment: A classic. With many references to treatment techniques based on depth psychology (with a more open understanding of the TP). An absolute classic that is constantly being reissued. So you should have the new edition when. The book is also outstanding because it is one of the first great books that provides very concrete verbal intervention suggestions as an aid to specific therapy sessions, i.e. what a therapist can “say” in a certain situation. Not only of inestimable value for trainees, but also always inspiring for old hands.

Rudolf: Structure-related psychotherapy: Guide to the psychodynamic therapy of structural disorders
Comment: A must. The basics / standard work on structure-related psychotherapy.

Rudolf: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Working on Conflict, Structure and Trauma
Comment: The follow-up book to Rudolf's “structure-related psychotherapy”. Absolutely fundamental and leading. Not only the structure etiology is shown here, but all 3 etiologies are shown here: conflict, structure and trauma.

Rudolf / Henningsen: Psychotherapeutic Medicine and Psychosomatics: An introductory textbook on a psychodynamic basis
Comment: Here we find another very widespread and popular textbook; from Rudolf with Henningsen. Handy in the soft cover. Sold in many editions. The well-known picture of Rudolf comes from this book, in which he first divides the basic conflicts (closeness, attachment, autonomy, identity), which was often quoted, also by me. He takes up this classification a second time in his other textbook (Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Working on Conflict, Structure, Trauma, see above). It also has a very helpful chapter about the various modes of dealing with the basic depressive conflict.

Mentzos: Textbook of Psychodynamics: The Function of the Dysfunctionality of Mental Disorders
Comment: The follow-up work to his well-known classic “Neurotic Conflict Processing”, published in 2009. Amazingly, Mentzos is not as well known in some specialist circles as others, for example, which in my opinion is completely unjustified. Mentzos ’concepts, especially his term“ mode of conflict processing ”and his contributions to the psychodynamics of psychosis, are still very guiding and indispensable. Also a must.

Ermann: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics: A textbook on a psychoanalytic basis
Comment: This extensive textbook and reference work is also an absolute classic and should not be missing on any shelf.

Senf / Broda: Practice of Psychotherapy: An integrative textbook
Comment: actually not a textbook with a psychodynamic orientation, but integrative. But still recommendable because for many a great classic. Very very thick ham. Also a classic. Also mentioned above as a “must have”.

 

 

You don't have to have, but very, very recommendable books:

Klöpper: The Dynamics of the Psychic: Practical Handbook for Understanding Relationship Dynamics
Comment: Highly recommended, also with many examples. Self-psychological approach combined with conflict thinking. A must for colleagues who want to combine self psychology with conflict thinking.

Hohage: Analytically oriented psychotherapy in practice: treatment planning, health insurance applications, supervision
Comment: This new edition of an older “classic” application book has been revised so extensively that it almost gives the impression of a new book. Highly recommended, with many examples, more than just an application book. Hohage manages to develop something like his own position within the current groupings in psychodynamic psychotherapy, also because he manages to discuss the structural paradigm of Rudolf / OPD at selected points in a differentiated and discreet way I find convincing and critical. Hohage is / was also a reviewer and has a great deal of experience. An often underestimated book that in my opinion deserves more attention.

Elzer et al .: Analytical and depth psychologically based psychotherapy: Theory and practice of psychoanalytically based procedures
Comment: Here is a new, large, difficult overview work from 2019: It is an all-round book on everything that has to do with the TP and AP. From theory to malfunction patterns to expert procedures and much more, everything is included. However, the presentation, the writing style and the layout are rather dry. But very extensive. Buch would like to see itself as a new standard work, which can also be translated into other languages, so that everything that belongs to psychodynamic psychotherapy can be exported. It remains to be seen whether it will establish itself as a standard work. But a remarkable book.

 

 

Application books (TP / AP):

Hohage: Analytically oriented psychotherapy in practice: treatment planning, health insurance applications, supervision
Comment: This new edition of an older “classic” application book has been revised so extensively that it almost gives the impression of a new book. Highly recommended, with many examples, more than just an application book. Hohage manages to develop something like his own position within the current groupings in psychodynamic psychotherapy, also because he manages to discuss the structural paradigm of Rudolf / OPD at selected points in a differentiated and discreet way I find convincing and critical. Hohage is also a reviewer and has a great deal of experience. An often underestimated book that in my opinion deserves more attention.

Mackenthun: Writing reports to the reviewer: in depth psychological and psychoanalytic procedures including a detailed discussion of psychodynamics
Comment: In my opinion self-published via Amazon. Current book, recommended. I am of course pleased that my own psychodynamics guide is extensively quoted in it.

Adler: The Application for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Guide to Reporting (Including Child, Adolescent and Group Psychotherapy) (Psychosocial)
Comment: Very thick and comprehensive.

OPD: OPD-2 in the psychotherapy application: Psychodynamic diagnostics and case formulation
Comment: The OPD application manual has been available since April 2014 and is already in a further edition. Authors: Stasch M., Grande T., Janssen P., Oberbracht C., Rudolf G. (2014). Huber publishing house.

Boessmann: Write reports to the reviewer quickly and reliably: Compendium and revision course for psychodynamic psychotherapy with accompanying Internet program
Comment: Helpful for many. Widespread. There are numerous other Boessmann application books.

Bockwyt: Reports to the reviewer based on depth psychology: 12 case studies
Comment: Case studies Erw TP, the very latest book (end of 2019) is also available for KJP

 

 

 

News about psychoanalysis / psychoanalytical location assessments:

Mertens: Psychoanalytic treatment technique: Concepts and topics of psychoanalytically based treatment methods (psychoanalysis in the 21st century)
Comment: Relatively new book by Wolfgang Mertens (2013), with a particularly practical chapter on the history of the role of transference in psychoanalysis.

Leuzinger-Bohleber (2014): Psychoanalysis - The Doctrine of the Unconscious: History, Clinic and Practice (Psychoanalysis in the 21st Century)
Comment: Recommended

 

Refresh psychoanalytic theories (general):

Ermann: Psychoanalysis in the years after Freud. Developments 1940-1975. Lindauer contributions to psychotherapy and psychosomatics
Comment: Highly recommended well-known paperbacks that give a good overview.

Psychoanalysis today: development since 1975 and current balance. Lindauer contributions to psychotherapy and psychosomatics
Comment: Highly recommended well-known paperbacks that give a good overview.

 

Refreshing Psychoanalytic Theories (After Theories):

Of course I recommend the book part B of my handbook (theory summaries) on my own account. In addition, the following books are recommended….

 

DRIVE THEORY:

Storck: Trieb (Basic Elements of Psychodynamic Thinking, Volume 1)
Comment: Good book from a younger generation psychology professor.

 

I-PSYCHOLOGY:

Blanck / Blanck: I Psychology I: Applied I Psychology
Comment: There are a number of previous very good books that are quickly forgotten. This is part of it. In the 1970s and 1980s there were a number of very good ego-psychology textbooks, some with suggestions for verbal interventions, which actually only really became en vogue since the textbook by Wöller / Kruse. The writings of the Blanck / Blanck couple and others I-psychologists. Authors (including Greenson etc.) are worth rediscovering.

 

OBJECT RELATIONSHIP THEORY:

Kohrs / Boll-Klatt: Melanie Klein: Inner worlds between myth and observation (compact psychodynamics)
Comment: one from the newer series “Psychodynamik Kompakt” (small paperbacks around 10 euros, less than 100 pages!) This time on Melanie Klein's object relationship theory. From the two authors who also wrote the above-mentioned textbook, which is highly recommended. Highly recommended, with an illustrative. Case study.

 

Sandler / Sandler: Inner object relationship: origin and structure
Comment: Classics by the British psychoanalysts Sandler / Sandler, who also coined the terms “past unconscious” and “present unconscious”, which Faber / Haarstrick also takes up.

 

SELF-PSYCHOLOGY:

Milk: Textbook of Self Psychology
Comment: A classic

Wolf: Theory and Practice of Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology
Comment: also a classic, also as a handy paperback, there is also more self-psychological from Wolf. Literature. Many of these older books are also available inexpensively at second-hand bookshops.

Müller: Self psychology and intersubjectivity in contemporary psychoanalysis: Heinz Kohut and Robert Stolorow et al.
Comment: Comparison of self-psychology with the intersubjective approach from a treatment-technical point of view (quite new, from 2015)

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Great Psychodynamic Textbooks:

Ermann: Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy: A textbook on a psychoanalytic basis
Comment: A classic, very good and comprehensive. A new edition is available. Ideal as a reference work. Also mentioned above as a “must have”.

Rudolf / Henningsen: Psychotherapeutic Medicine and Psychosomatics: An introductory textbook on a psychodynamic basis
Comment: This book is also an absolute classic and should not be missing on any bookshelf. It has been an important basic work for many years in almost all contexts - whether training or with established therapists. The depictions of the various types of basic depressive conflicts are particularly recommended. Rudolf also goes into the modes of conflict processing and thus continues the term “mode of conflict processing” (see Mentzos). Also mentioned above as a “must have”.

Mentzos: Textbook of Psychodynamics: The Function of the Dysfunctionality of Mental Disorders
Comment: In a sense, this is the 2009 follow-up book to his classic “Neurotic Conflict Processing”. Mentzos ’merit for the TP is enormous (especially for the pd. Psychosis therapy) and, in my opinion, his work is often not sufficiently appreciated by the specialist public. Also mentioned above as a “must have”.

Cord Bennecke: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy: An Integrative Textbook
Comment: New textbook for academic psychology from the pen of one of the last psychoanalysts who holds a chair for clinical psychology and psychotherapy at the university. It would be nice if the psychology studies or psychology students know and use this reading.

Reimer / Rüger: Psychodynamic Psychotherapies: Textbook of psychotherapy methods based on depth psychology
Comment: An earlier book on TP, which covers all important areas very well. In a strange way, it has not found widespread use. In a sense, however, it belongs to the core literature of the TP, albeit from a slightly earlier generation of books.

Hoffmann / Hochapfel: Neurotic disorders and psychosomatic medicine: With an introduction to psychodiagnostics and psychotherapy
Comment: Classic, timeless.

Machleidt et al: Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy (Textbook)
Comment: together with Rohde-Dachser also a recommendable textbook, which strangely enough, in my opinion, was not widely used.

Hiller et al .: Textbook of Psychotherapy. Volume 2 (TP / AP)
Comment: This is a good textbook from the CiP-Medien series in the context of training. Is very much appreciated by many and very practical and clear with many examples. Highly recommended.

Senf / Broda: Practice of Psychotherapy: An integrative textbook
Comment: actually not a textbook with a psychodynamic orientation, but integrative. But still recommendable because for many a great classic. Very very thick ham. Also a classic. Also mentioned above as a “must have”.

 

 

Oedipus:

Man Oedipus. Conflicts in family and society

 

 

 

OPD:

OPD-2 - Operationalized Psychodynamic Diagnostics: The Manual for Diagnostics and Therapy Planning

OPD-KJ-2 - Operationalized Psychodynamic Diagnostics in Children and Adolescents: Basics and Manual

The conflict axis of the OPD-KJ-2: A case book for clinical workOPD-2 in the psychotherapy application: Psychodynamic diagnostics and case formulation

 

 

 

OPD debate:

CurrentMertens-Rudolf discourse On the controversial question "How analytical is the OPD?": If you are interested in the exciting question "How psychoanalytic is the OPD?", the following article is highly recommended: In the July 2012 issue (special issue: Structure-Relationship- Conflict) of the magazine “Kinderanalyse” (Klett-Cotta-Verlag) special issue: Structure-Relationship-Conflict) of the magazine “Kinderanalyse” (Klett-Cotta-Verlag) asks Wolfgang Mertens the exciting question of the article of the same name: “How psychoanalytical is the OPD (OPD-KJ)? "

The OPD-critical statements by Wolfgang Mertens ‘are replied in an equally critical way by Gerd Rudolf (OPD representative) in the same journal with an inspiring article, to which Mertens then replies, also in the same journal.

In the exchange between these two eminent authors (each one in my opinion representing the thinking of a large part of today's practicing psychodynamic psychotherapists), basic questions of current and future psychoanalytic or psychodynamic work and self-image are very stimulating by two particularly exposed representatives of today's Psychoanalysis discussed. The reader gets a very specific insight into the discussion about how psychoanalytic the OPD is now - or not; Numerous important, so far only indirectly associated aspects or questions, which often arise in the discussion of the OPD, but often cannot be clearly formulated, are openly addressed and discussed controversially. The subject is too complex for simple solutions to be conveyed here. Every reader is addressed by this highly recommended specialist reading to develop their own position on these very complex questions.

Trauma / PTSD and Psychodynamic Therapy

Wöller: Trauma and personality disorders: Resource-based psychodynamic therapy (RPT) of trauma-related personality disorders
Comment:

Fischer, Reddemann, Eichenberg: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Multidimensional Psychodynamic Trauma Therapy (MPTT) and Psychodynamic-Imaginative Trauma Therapy (PITT)

 

 

Transfer / Countertransference:

Countertransference Analysis

Transmission analysis

Transfer and countertransference in the therapeutic process (psychoanalytic treatment)

 

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What makes a good therapist? / His / her therapist / own attitude

How and Why Are Some Therapists Better Than Others ?: Understanding Therapist Effects
Comment: a more recent book from 2017 on an important topic that is becoming more and more popular in specialist circles and is recommended. (in English)

The Psychotherapy Debate: What Makes Psychotherapy Effective

Onion: What makes a good psychoanalyst ?: Basic elements of professional psychotherapy

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Psychoanalytic lexicons / dictionaries:

Handbook of basic psychoanalytic concepts
Comment: Central standard work by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Mertens, always helpful to look up.

The vocabulary of psychoanalysis

Small dictionary of psychoanalysis (Vandenhoeck collection)

Dictionary of psychoanalysis: names, countries, works, terms

 

 

Biographical anamnesis / initial discussions:

The biographical anamnesis from a depth psychological aspect: With an introduction by Gerd Rudolf and Ulrich Rüger

The first interview: practice of taking psychodynamic medical history,

Practice of psychodynamic anamnesis, diagnostics, indication and therapy planning

The art of the beginning: first psychoanalytic talks (suhrkamp pocket book science)

 

 

 

Disorder-related psychodynamic psychotherapy:

Anxiety disorders / phobias

Hoffmann: Psychodynamic Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: Introduction and Manual for Short- and Medium-Term Therapy

Subic-Wrana: Panic-Focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Bag: Social phobia (practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy - analytical and depth psychological psychotherapy)

Leichsenring / Salzer: Generalized anxiety disorder: Psychodynamic therapy (practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy - analytical and depth psychologically based psychotherapy)

Borderline:

Kernberg, Clarkin et al: Psychotherapy of the borderline personality: Manual for psychodynamic therapy. With an appendix on the practice of TFP in German-speaking countries
Comment:

Eating disorder:

Friedrich: Anorexia nervosa: Focal psychodynamic psychotherapy (practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy - analytical and depth psychologically based psychotherapy)

Somatoform disorders:

Working Group PISA: Somatoform Disorders: Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Therapy (PISO) (Practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy - analytical and depth psychological psychotherapy)

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PTSD

(see “Trauma and Psychodynamic Therapy”)

 

 

 

Child and adolescent psychodynamic psychotherapy:

Burchartz: Psychodynamic psychotherapy in children and adolescents: The depth psychologically founded procedure: basic knowledge and practice
Comment:

 

Psychodynamic therapies with children, adolescents and young adults: history, theory, practice (psychodynamic psychotherapy with children, ... practice and applications in the 21st century)

Textbook of Psychotherapy / Vol. 5: Psychoanalytical and depth psychologically founded child and adolescent psychotherapy (Textbook of Psychotherapy - CIP-Medien)

Hopf: Aggression in psychodynamic therapies with children and adolescents

 

 

E-learning psychodynamic psychotherapy:

Diagnostic trainer for psychosomatics and psychotherapy: interactive - case-based - psychodynamic

 

 

Humor / Cartoons Psychoanalysis:

Doctor Freud's triplets: With a prologue by Otto F. Kernberg (Knowledge & Life)

Dubious DichDung: Poemes & Cartoons

On the Couch: The New York Cartoons About Psychoanalysis

Sigmund Freud never sleeps: cartoons (Imago)

Sigmund Freud's triplets: cartoons and multiplication tables d. Psychoanalysis.

 

 

Writings on depth psychology freely accessible on the Internet

A freely accessible issue of the Psychotherapy Project magazine on the subject of “Depth Psychology” (special issue)