Author: Theodore Lidz, Ruth Lidz
The editor of this volume has confronted us with the challenging task of presenting the curative factors in the psychotherapy of schizophrenia—a disorder that many psychiatrists consider incurable, and certainly untreatable by psychotherapy. We believe that schizophrenic disorders are primarily psychogenic (see Lidz and Lidz, 1949, 1952; Lidz, Fleck, and Cornelison, 1965), and have learned from our work with patients and our supervision of younger therapists that psychotherapy can foster critical changes in schizophrenic patients’ understanding of themselves and ways of relating to others so that many can thereafter lead reasonably normal and sometimes highly successful lives. Cure? Well, we know a number of chronically schizophrenic patients who have recovered more completely than
have many severely neurotic analysands. This woman who had been delusional, paranoidally fearful and antagonistic for several years while in excellent psychiatric hospitals is now a tenured professor in a leading university.