1st Edition

The First Interview with a Psychiatrist and the Unconscious Psychology of All Interviews

By Charles Berg Copyright 1955
    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1955, the blurb read: 'Again in this book the author expounds his main thesis – perhaps the main thesis of all modern psychiatry – namely that our conscious pre-occupations, thoughts and behaviour are merely the products or "symptoms" of a process that is going on within us (basically a physiological process) of which we are totally unconscious. Although we are at pains to conceal from ourselves and others, and even vehemently to deny, the nature and the very existence of this fundamental unconscious process, it is nevertheless the determinant of all that is us, biologically, psychologically and sociologically. In the author’s own words: "It is the force behind all activity, all life. It exists unseen in the most apparently superficial human relationship, even in the interview – as this book will show. It alone can give us the meaning of what we do and feel."

    The theoretical section of the book deals with the interviewer and the unconscious forces which determine the effects and the therapeutic results of the interview. The longer practical section demonstrates, by abundant examples from clinical material and by complete documentaries of actual psychiatric interviews, that it is unconscious forces which determine the patient’s symptomatic picture, his behaviour, his attitude to life, and above all his emotional relationship to the psychiatrist – and indeed to everyone he meets in every personal contact.

    The elucidation of this process should be of the utmost interest and of the utmost practical value to each of us in our every contact, superficial or deep, with every human being whom we meet in the course of our lives.

    The book will appeal to a wide public. Although it demonstrates the deepest and most worthwhile aspect of modern psychology and psychiatry, it avoids technical jargon and is written in a cheerful, lively and lucid style, easily assimilable by everybody.'

    Today it can be read and enjoyed in its historical context.

    This book is a re-issue originally published in 1955. The language used is a reflection of its era and no offence is meant by the Publishers to any reader by this re-publication.

    Parts I and II: Theory  Introduction  Part 1: The Interview  1. Plan of the Book  2. Opening Phase of the Interview  3. What Goes On  4. The Purpose of the Interview, Avowed and Unavowed  5. The Interviewer and the Interviewed  Part 2: The Interviewer  6. The Hospital Interview  7. The Doctor’s Interview  8. The Psychiatric Interview  9. The Therapeutic Interview  10. A Simple Example of a Therapeutic Interview  11. The Analytical Interview  12. The Analytical Interview, continued  13. Analysis – Resistance and Technique  Parts III to V: Practice  Part 3: The Interviewed  14. A Case of Blushing  15. Acting Out Our Conflicts  16. The Sequel  17. Afraid to Marry  18. The Strong Man  19. Hate Before Love  20. Involuntary Relief of Tension  21. The History and Nature of her Principal Symptom  Part 4: ‘Guys and Dolls’  22. Sexually Inhibited Men  23. Immature Men  24. Perverted Men  25. Women – Theoretical Introduction  26. Inhibited Women  27. The Socialite – Personal Relationship in lieu of Sexual Relationship  28. Frigidity and Orgastic Frigidity  29. An ‘Over-Sexed’ Woman  Part 5: The Unconscious Basis  30. The Psychology of the Interview  31. The Psychology of Love and Hate – Unconscious Factors in Personal Relationship  32. Transference – as the Essence of the Personal Relationship  33. We Are Unwittingly Living Our Dreams  34. Postscript.  Glossary.  Index.


    Charles Berg (1892-1957)