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

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 psychiatric diagnosis tell us almost nothing

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