Jonathan Shedler, PhD

selected writings

For general readers

That was then, this is now: An introduction to contemporary psychodynamic therapy [pdf]
A jargon-free introduction to contemporary psychodynamic thought

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

For professionals

Where is the evidence for “evidence-based” therapy? [pdf]
revised and updated

Changing the topic does not change the facts [pdf]
So-called evidence-based therapy for PTSD fails most patients (The Lancet Psychiatry)

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

Integrating clinical and empirical perspectives on personality: The Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP)  [pdf]
A comprehensive review of the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP) for personality diagnosis and clinical case formulation

A new language for psychoanalytic diagnosis [pdf]
An introduction to the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP) for psychoanalytic therapists (Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association)

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]
Scientific evidence that we do not fully know our hearts and minds and must look beyond the surface for understanding—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 broken relation between psychoanalysis and research (Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association)


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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