Jonathan Shedler, PhD

writings

For general readers

That was then, this is now: psychoanalytic psychotherapy for the rest of us [pdf]
A jargon-free introduction to contemporary psychodynamic thought

Getting to know me: what’s behind psychoanalysis [pdf]
from Scientific American: Mind

For professionals

Below are some scientific and scholarly articles that colleagues often request.

Where is the evidence for “evidence-based” therapy? [pdf]
Hot off the press

The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy [pdf]
Hailed as a contemporary classic and studied in clinical training programs around the world, this is the paper that firmly established psychodynamic therapy as an evidence-based treatment (American Psychologist)

The Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP): making personality diagnosis clinically meaningful [pdf]
An introduction to the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP) for personality diagnosis and clinical case formulation (Journal of Personality Assessment)

An empirically derived taxonomy for personality diagnosis: bridging science and practice in conceptualizing personality [pdf]
A new and improved approach to personality diagnosis (American Journal of Psychiatry)

Refining the construct of narcissistic personality disorder [pdf]
A scientific study of three subtypes of narcissism: fragile narcissism, malignant narcissism, and high-functioning narcissism (American Journal of Psychiatry).

The illusion of mental health [pdf]
Further demonstration that we do not fully know our own hearts and minds, and that psychology must look beyond the surface—a classic (American Psychologist)

Why the scientist-practitioner schism won’t go away [pdf]
A somewhat intemperate rant about a problem eroding the heart and soul of psychology (The General Psychologist)

On science and psychoanalysis [pdf]
Rethinking the strained relation between psychoanalysis and research (Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association)

Blogs

Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims

The Therapy Relationship in Psychodynamic Therapy versus CBT

How to Choose a Therapist

Psychodynamic Therapy 101

Antidepressant Superstition

Don’t Tell me to call 911

Bamboozled by Bad Science
The first myth about “evidence based” therapy

Where is the Evidence for Evidence-Based Therapies?
Expert clinicians know better than to follow treatment manuals

Doublethink Diagnosis 2.0
Why a psychiatric diagnosis tells us almost nothing

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