Sullivan Spring 2010-1

Sullivan Spring 2010-1 - Harry Stack Sullivan 1892 1949...

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Harry Stack Sullivan 1892 - 1949
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“Harry Stack Sullivan was one of the most important innovators and seminal thinkers in American psychiatry. He lived during the first half of the twentieth century, an era marked by intense excitement over psychoanalysis and the emergence of sociology and anthropology as fields of thought and endeavor. Sullivan was a synthesizer, bringing the contemporary ideas of psychiatry and social science together to form what has been called social psychiatry" (Sharfstein, 1998) Writing about Sullivan
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Writing about Sullivan “During his clinical work Sullivan came to appreciate the immense impact that interpersonal relationships have on personality development. He also noted that people tend to carry distorted views and unrealistic expectations of others into their relationships. As a psychotherapist, his solution was to become a "participant observer" with his clients, a more active therapeutic stance than the psychoanalytic "blank screen" popular at the time. In this role, Sullivan would focus on observable interpersonal behaviour, including the client's reactions to the therapist. He believed that emotional well-
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