Vicious Circles, Virtuous Circles, and the Path Toward Resolution

Vicious Circles, Virtuous Circles, and the Path Toward Resolution

Paul Wachtel

10.10.2013

Paul Wachtel

Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D., is a Visiting Clinical Professor of Psychology (Adjunct) at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and a CUNY Distinguished Professor in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He received the 2013 Division 39 Award for Scholarship and Research and the 2012 Division 29 Distinguished Psychologist Award. He completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University, received his doctorate in clinical psychology at Yale University, and is a graduate of the postdoctoral program in psychoanalysis and psycho- therapy at New York University. He was a co-founder of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI). The central themes of his writings, lectures, and workshops focus on the theory and practice of psychotherapy; the possibilities of integrating competing therapeutic approaches and the creation of an integrative theory that reconciles the differing observations on which each is based; and the applications of psychological theory and research to the major social issues of our time. Among his books are The Poverty of Affluence (1983); Family Dynamics in Individual Psychotherapy (with Ellen F. Wachtel) (1986); Action and Insight (1987); Psychoanalysis, Behavior Therapy, and and the Relational World (1997); and Race in the Mind of America: Breaking the Vicious Circles Between Blacks and Whites (1999). His most recent books are Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy (2008), Inside the Session: What Really Happens in Psychotherapy (2011) and the second edition of Therapeutic Communication (2011). He was the 2010 winner of the Hans H. Strupp Award for Psychoanalytic Writing, Teaching, and Research and has been chosen for the 2013 Scholarship and Research Award by Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of APA.

Dr. Wachtel’s research and writing have centered on the theory and practice of psychotherapy, the individual and contextual dynamics of personality, and the applications of psychological theory to major social issues and problems.  In all of these areas, he has brought to bear an integrative theoretical perspective centered on the examination of how patterns are perpetuated or changed through the operation of vicious and virtuous circles on the one hand and the differentiation of behavior and experience in differential contexts on the other.

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