chapter  5
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Anamnesis

BySamuel Eisenstein, Norman A. Levy, Judd Marmor

The patient presented himself for screening in December 1957 as an applicant for psychotherapy in the Ford Project for the Study of the Psychotherapeutic Process. He was a thirty-five-year-old, married, white, Protestant male, who had two sons, one aged four years and the other fifteen months. He had a brother one year older, and a sister seven years younger. During the past seven years he had been employed as a psychologist in various clinics. He was meticulously dressed, well-groomed, and clean-cut in features. He radiated a nervous high-pitched vitality. He was articulate, superior in intelligence, and psychologically sophisticated. His mood reflected much self-dissatisfaction. His complaints referred both to emotional and physical insufficiencies, and he professed a strong urge to get help.