WHAT IS THE APPLICATIONS OF ACTIVE ANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Stekel has been accused of superficiality in his theoretical and
technical explanations. His approach and method are often referred
to as illogical, imprecise, and as having insufficient elaboration. He had a reputation among his colleagues as a healer and as an artistic person— not as a scientist. In short, he was thought of as a charlatan. Many of these criticisms seem to be well founded but should not obscure Stekel’s very significant contributions and insightful predictions concerning the future of psychoanalytic psychotherapies. Several of Stekel’s ideas have been very popular in the 1970s and have
been sufficiently elaborated upon since he first introduced them.
Stekel’s case histories are prevalent throughout his works and suggest that his system is best applied to phobias, organ par-apathies, sexual difficulties,homosexuality, alcoholism, drug addiction, andsome obsessive compulsive par-apathies. Indeed, his confrontational approach of forcing the patient to focus directly on the problem
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