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.
Table of Contents
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)