Control Mastery Therapy Center
This is the best resource for Control-Mastery-related publications and information for professionals. It includes articles on theory, research, and practice.
Books on Control-Mastery Theory:
How Psychotherapy Works: Process and Technique.
Joseph Weiss. New York: Guilford Press, 1993. A highly readable introduction to the theory by its originator. The book is intended for psychotherapists, but Weiss’ informal style and lack of jargon make it accessible to the layperson as well.
Imaginary Crimes: Why You Punish Yourself and How to Stop.
Lewis Engel and Tom Ferguson. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1990. Intended for the layperson, the authors discuss the importance of unrecognized guilt as a major cause of unhappiness.
The Psychoanalytic Process: Theory, Clinic al Observations, and Empirical Research.
Joseph Weiss, Harold Sampson, and The Mount Zion Psychotherapy Research Group. New York: Guilford Press, 1986. Intended for professionals, this book is a major work. It is a complete presentation of the principles and theoretical structure of control-mastery theory, as well as the empirical foundation for the theory provided by the group’s research.
Why You Behave in Ways You Hate: And What You Can Do About It.
Irwin Gootnick. Roseville, Ca.: Penmarin Books, 1997. A layperson’s introduction to some aspects of the theory.
Transformative Relationships: The Control-Mastery Theory of Psychotherapy.
Silberschatz, G., ed. (2005). New York: Routledge. An excellent current introduction to the theory. Case examples, theoretical discussions, assessment techniques, and research support.
Books on Narcissism:
Trapped in the Mirror.
Elan Golomb. New York: Morrow, 1992. This is a book about narcissism that has several excellent chapters describing a variety of narcissistic parent-child relationships. I recommend it to many of my patients to help them better understand their parents and the origin of their psychological difficulties.
The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman and Robert M. Pressman. New York, Jason Aronson, International Universities Press.
The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists. Eleanor D. Payson, MSW.
Many other self-help books are available by searching booksellers’ websites for “narcissism.”
Wynton Marsalis at The New York Public Library
This is a podcast done by Wynton Marsalis, which I think illustrates how therapists, or anyone engaged in a creative enterprise which they love, feel about their work. I find the talk inspiring, and Marsalis expresses some of my own feelings about being a psychotherapist. Marsalis exemplifies in this talk, as he does in his playing, the soul of a jazz musician.