Rebecca Coleman Curtis

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Rebecca Coleman Curtis is an American psychologist and author who has written extensively on the topics of Theories of Therapeutic Action, Creativity, Unconscious Processes, the Self, Self-Defeating Behaviors, Gender and Race. Also a writer of poetry and fiction, she teaches at the Derner Institute, Adelphi University, and the W. A. White Institute, New York, NY, and maintains a practice in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in New York City, Garden City, and Sag Harbor, New York. A native of New Orleans, La., where she attended Benjamin Franklin Senior High School and Tulane University, Rebecca Coleman Curtis obtained a Ph.D. in social psychology in 1973 from Columbia University, and subsequently a degree in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and a certificate in psychoanalysis from the W. A. White Institute in New York City. Dr. Curtis is involved in psychology and the arts as well as the integration of psychological science and psychoanalysis.

Selected works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • (1989). Self-Defeating Behaviors: Experimental Research, Clinical Impressions, and Practical Implications. NY: Plenum. ISBN 978-0306431296
  • (ed. with Stricker, G.) (1991). How People Change: Inside & Outside Therapy. NY: Plenum.
  • (1991). The Relational Self: Theoretical convergences in Psychoanalysis and Social Psychology. New York: Guilford.
  • (ed. with Skelton, R. M.) (2006). The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis. Section on Relational Psychoanalysis. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • (with Willock B., & Bohm, L. C.) (2007). On Deaths and Endings: Psychoanalysts' Reflections on Finality, Transformations, and New Beginnings. NY: Routledge. GRADIVA AWARD WINNER
  • (2008). Desire, Self, Mind, and the Psychotherapies: Unifying Psychological Science and Psychoanalysis. Lanham: MD. Jason Aronson, Rowman & Littlefield. GOETHE AWARD FINALIST
  • (with Willock B., & Bohm, L. C.) (2009). Taboo or Not Taboo? Forbidden Thoughts, Forbidden Acts in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy. London: Karnac. GOETHE AWARD WINNER. GRADIVA AWARD FINALIST
  • (with Willock B., & Bohm, L. C.) (October, 2011). Loneliness and Longings. Conscious and Unconscious Factors. London & New York: Routledge.
  • (with Willock B., & Bohm, L. C.) (In press). Failure: Psychoanalytic Explorations London & New York: Routledge

Book Chapters[edit]

  • (with Hirsch, I.) (2004). Relational approaches to psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In A. S. Gurman & S. Messer (Eds.). Essential Psychotherapies. (pp. ). New York: Guilford.
  • (with Shefet, O.) (2005). Termination. In G. Koocher & J. Norcross (Eds.). Psychologists' Desk Reference. (pp. ). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • (with Qaiser, M.) (2005). The Training Analysis: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Research. In J. Geller, D. Orlinsky, & J. C. Norcross (Eds.). 'The Psychotherapy of Psychotherapists. (pp. ). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • (2006). Chum, Imagery, Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, Masochism, Selective Inattention, Self-System, Stephen A. Mitchell. In R. Skelton (Eds.). The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis. (pp. ).
  • (2007). On the Death of My Analyst Stephen Mitchell. In Willock. B., Bohm, L, & Curtis, R. C (Eds.). On Deaths & Endings. (pp. 293–302). NY: Routledge.
  • (2009) Reflections: What is Taboo and Not Taboo in Psychoanalysis? In Willock,B., Curtis, R. C.& Bohm, L. Taboo or Not Taboo. NY: Karnac
  • (with Hirsch. I.) (2011). Relational approaches to psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In S. Messer & A. S. Gurman (Eds). Essential Psychotherapies. New New York: Guilford.

Articles[edit]

Journal Articles, Chapters, Reports, and Reviews

Curtis, R. C. (In press). Introduction. In Willock. B, Bohm, L, C. & Curtis, R. C. Failure: Psychoanalytic Explorations.

Curtis, R. C. (2012). New Experiences and Meanings: A Model of Change for Psychoanalysis? Psychoanalytic Psychology, Jan. 2012.

Curtis, R. C. (2011). Speaking freely: My experiences in individual psychotherapies, group psychotherapies, and growth groups. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session.

Curtis, R. C., & Hirsch, I. (2011). Relational approaches to psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In S. B. Messer & A. S. Gurman (Eds). Essential Psychotherapies (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford.

Curtis, R. C. (2010). Review of Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 27, 536–538.

Curtis, R. C. & Katzander, N. (2010). Tank half full: Regulating the self and its irrational emotions. Review of Psychology of self-regulation (Forgas, J. P., Baumeister, R. F., & Tice, D. M., Eds). 55 (3).

Curtis, R. C. (2010). Self-defeating behaviors. In V. S. Ramachandran, (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Human Behavior. San Diego, Ca.: Elsevier. Chapter 311.

Curtis, R. C. (2009). Reflections: What is Taboo and Not Taboo in Psychoanalysis? In

         Willock, B., Bohm, L, & Curtis, R.  Taboo or Not Taboo in Psychoanalysis:  Forbidden Thoughts, Forbidden Acts.  London & New York: Karnac.

Curtis, R. C. & Winarick, D. (2009). Empirical support for psychodynamic interventions.

         Review of Handbook of Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (R. A. Levy & J. S. Ablon, Eds).  PsycCritiques (54) 19.

Curtis, R. (2008). Self-Defeating Behaviors. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Farmington, Mi.: Gale. Also www. Encyclopedia.com 13 May 2011.

Curtis, R.C., & Winarick, D. (2008). Unifying psychoanalysis and developmental psychology: A review of Attachment and Sexuality. PsycCRITIQUES 53 (11.

Curtis, R. C. (2007). The Death of Stephen Mitchell: An Analysand’s Remembrance. In B. Willock, L. C. Bohm & R. C. Curtis (Eds.). Psychoanalysts’ Reflections on Deaths and Endings: Fimality, Transformations, and New Beginnings. London: Routledge.

Curtis, R. (2007). A little night science: Review of The emergence of a new science of mind (E. Kandel). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 43, 474–478.

Curtis, R. C. (2007). Psychoanalytic Training: Is there any need for change? Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 43, 135–140. Curtis, R. C. (2007). To the editor. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 43 (no pagination specified). Curtis, R. C. (2006). Separating the baby of change from the backwater of theoretical context. PsycCritiques, 51.

Curtis, R. C. (2006). Chum, Imagery, Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, Selective Inattention, Stephen A. Mitchell. In R. M Skelton (Ed).Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Curtis, R. C. & Qaiser, M. (2005). Training analyses: Historical considerations and empirical research. In J. Geller, J. Norcross, & D. Orlinsky (Eds.), The Psychotherapist’s Own Psychotherapy. NY: Oxford University Press.

Shefet, O. & Curtis, R. C. (2005). Termination. In G. Koocher & J. Norcross (Eds.), Psychologists” Desk Reference (pp. 354–359). NY: Oxford University Press.

Curtis, R., C. (2005). Control-mastery theory: Is it a complete theory of therapeutic action?

PsycCritiques, 50 (no pagination specified).

Curtis, R. C., Field, C., Knaan-Kostman, I., & Mannix, K. (2004). What 75 Psychoanalysts Found Helpful and Hurtful in Their Own Analyses. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 21, 183- 202.

Curtis, R C. & Hirsch, I. (2004). Relational approaches to psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In A. S. Gurman & S. Messer (Eds.), Essential Psychotherapies. NY:Guilford.

Curtis, R. C. (2002). “Both/And” and But: A review of J. C. Muran’s Self-Relations in the Psychotherapy Process. PsycCritiques, 47, 318–320.

Curtis, R. C. (2002). Termination from a Psychoanalytic Perspective. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 12, 350–357.

Curtis, R. C. (2001). Can We Overuse Our Strengths? A review of J. Safran and J.C. Muran’s Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance: A Relational Treatment Guide. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 37, 329–335.

Curtis, R. C. (1999). The Angry Patient. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 9, 133–142.

Curtis, R. C. (1999). Robbing a Man of His Illusions. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 9, 157–160.

Curtis, R. C. (1999). Review of Handbook of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis. International Forum of Psychoanalysis.

Curtis, R. C. (1999). A review of Selving by Irene Fast. Psychoanalytic Books, 10.

Curtis, R. C. (1999). The organization of experience in psychoanalytic practice: Review of Working Intersubjectively by D. Orange, R. Stolorow, & G. Atwood. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 16, 303–308.

Curtis, R. C. (1999). Not a Piano Key: Response to Donna Orange. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 16, 312–315.

Curtis, R. C. (1997). Hegel, Winnicott, and Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalysis: Review of Like Subjects, Love Objects, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 33, 670–675.

Curtis, R. C. (1997). The Interpersonal Turn in Psychoanalysis: Review of the Handbook of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Books, 8, 303–310.

Curtis, R. C. (1997). Eros on the Couch: Review of Many Faces of Eros, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 33.

Curtis, R. C. (1996). The "death of Freud" and the rebirth of free psychoanalytic inquiry. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 6, 563–589.

Curtis, R. C. (1996). A new world symphony: Ferenczi and the integration of non-analytic techniques into psychoanalytic practice. In P. L. Rudnytsky, A. Bokay, & P. Giampieri-Deutsch (Eds.), Ferenczi's Turn in Psychoanalysis, pp. 248–265. NY: NYU Press.

Curtis, R. C. (1994). Self-Defeating Behaviors. In V. S. Ramachandran (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 4,S5-l0. San Diego, Academic Press.

Curtis, R. C. (1994). Pyrrhic revenge, piers, and disappointed bridges. PsycCritiques, 39, 761–762.

Curtis, R. C. (1992). Self-organizing processes, anxiety, and change: From helplessness and destructiveness to creative problem-solving. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 2, 295–319.

Curtis, R. C. (1992). A process view of consciousness and the self integrating our sense of agency with our sense of community, Psychological Inquiry, 3, 29–32.

Curtis, R. C. (1992). The culture of multiphrenia. A review of The Saturated Self. Journal of Mental and Nervous Disorders, 180, 275.

Curtis, R. C. (1992). Integrating social and clinical psychology. In G. Stricker and J. Gold (Eds.), The Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy Integration. New York: Plenum.

Curtis, R. C. (1991). Can we hope to measure the self? A review of Measures of Self Concept. PsycCritiques, 36, 588–589.

Curtis, R. C. (1991). Towards an integrative theory of psychological change in individuals and systems: A Cognitive-affective regulation model. In R. C. Curtis and G. Stricker (Eds.) How People Change: Inside and Outside Therapy. New York: Plenum.

Curtis, R. C. (1991). Seeing with the third eye: Cognitive-affective regulation: The acquisition of self-knowledge. In R. C. Curtis, (Ed.), The Relational Self: Theoretical Convergences in Psychoanalysis and Social Psychology.

Curtis, R. C. (1990, March). Changing Self-Defeating Behaviors, U.S.A. Today Magazine.

Curtis, R. C. (1990). Self-Defeating Behaviors and Mood Disorders. In B. Wolman and G. Stricker (Eds.), Depressive Disorders. New York: Wiley.

Curtis, R. C. (1989). Naivete. In N. Saltzman, (Ed.), Clinical Exchange. Journal of Integrative and Eclectic Psychotherapy, 8, 357-369.

Curtis, R. C. (1989). Choosing to suffer or to ...? Empirical studies and clinical theories of masochism. In, R. Curtis (Ed.), Self-Defeating Behaviors. New York: Plenum.

Curtis, R. C. (1989). Integration: Conditions under which self-defeating and self-enhancing behavior develops. In R. Curtis (Ed.), Self-Defeating Behaviors. New York: Plenum.

Curtis, R. C. (1989). Introduction, In R. C. Curtis (Ed.), Self-Defeating Behaviors. New York: Plenum.

Curtis, R. C. & Miller, K. (1986). Believing another likes or dislikes you: Behaviors making the belief come true. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51, 284–290.

Curtis, R. C. and La Noue, J.B. (1985). Improving women's performance in mixed sex situations by effort attributions. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 9, 337–356.

Curtis, R. C., Smith, P., and Moore, R. (1984). Suffering to improve chance performance and performance skill. Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, 2, 165–173.

Curtis, R. C. (1981). Success and failure, gender differences and the menstrual cycle. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 5, 702–710.

Curtis, R. C., Rietdorf, P., & Ronell, D. (1980). "Appeasing the Gods?" Suffering to reduce probable future suffering. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 6, 234–241.

Curtis, R. C. & Schildhaus, J. (1980). Children's attributions to self and situation. Journal of Social Psychology, 110, 109–114.

Curtis, R. C., Mariano, A., & Gersh, W. (1979). Probabilities of an aversive event and physiological correlates of stress. Psychological Reports, 44, 247–256.

Curtis, R. C. (1979). Effects of self-interest and social relationships upon choice of equity, utilitarian and Rawlsian principles of justice. European Journal of Social Psychology, 9, 165–175.

Curtis, R. C. (1977). Social exchange processes. International Encyclopedia of Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Neurology. New York: Van Nostrand.

Curtis, R. C., Zanna, M. P., & Campbell, W. (1975). Sex, fear of success and the perceptions and performance of law school students. American Educational Research Journal, 11, 187–197.

POEMS AND FICTION

Curtis, R. (1997, May 1). East Hampton Morning. East Hampton Star. East Hampton, NY.

Curtis, R. C. (1996). The Venetian Lagoon. In J. L Esterby (Ed), A Delicate Balance. Owings, Md.: National Library of Poetry.

Coleman, R. (1964). One Year Ago Today. Literary Cavalcade. New York City: Scholastic Magazines.

  • Psychoanalytic Training: Is there any need for change? Curtis, R Contemporary Psychoanalysis 43 1 2007
  • A little night science: Review of Curtis, R Contemporary Psychoanalysis 43 2 2007
  • Separating the Baby of change from the Backwater of Theoretical Context Curtis, R. C. PsycCritiques 51 1 2006
  • Can We Hope to Measure "The Self"? Curtis, R. C. PsycCRITIQUES 1 2006
  • Pyrrhic Revenge, Piers, and Disappointed Bridges. Curtis, R. C. PsycCRITIQUES. 1 2006
  • Don't Eat Your Heart Out! Review of Adam Phillips’ Going Sane. Curtis, R. C. PsycCRITIQUES 51 1 2006
  • Control-Mastery Theory: Is It a Comprehensive Theory of Therapeutic Action? Review of G. Silberschatz’ Transformative Relationships.
  • Curtis, R. C. PsycCRITIQUES 50 (19) 1 2005
  • What 75 Psychoanalysts Found Helpful and Hurtful in Their Own Analyses. Curtis, R. C., Field, C., Knaan-Kostman, I., & Mannix, K. Psychoanalytic Psychology 1 2004
  • "Both/And" and But: A review of J. C. Muran's Self-Relations in the Psychotherapy Process. Curtis, R. C. Contemporary Psychology 1 2002
  • Termination from a Psychoanalytic Perspective Curtis, R. C. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration 12 2002
  • Can We Overuse Our Strengths? A review of J. Safran and J.C. Muran's Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance: A Relational Treatment Guide.
  • Curtis, R. C. Contemporary Psychoanalysis 37 1 2001
  • The Angry Patient. Curtis, R. C. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration 9 1999
  • Robbing a Man of His Illusions Curtis, R. C. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration 9 1999
  • The Death of Freud and the Rebirth of Free Psychoanalytic Inquiry. Curtis, R. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 6 1996
  • Unifying psychoanalysis and developmental psychology: A review of Attachment and Sexuality Curtis, R., Winarick, Daniel psycCRITIQUES 53 (11) 1 2008
  • Self-Defeating Behavior Curtis, R. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 11 2007
  • Curtis, R. C. (2006, 1). Can We Hope to Measure "The Self"?. PsycCRITIQUES
  • Curtis, R. C. (2006, 1). Pyrrhic Revenge, Piers, and Disappointed Bridges. PsycCRITIQUES.
  • Curtis, R. C. (2006, 1). Don't Eat Your Heart Out! Review of Adam Phillips’ Going Sane. PsycCRITIQUES, 51
  • Curtis, R. C. (2005, 1). Control-Mastery Theory: Is It a Comprehensive Theory of Therapeutic Action? Review of G. Silberschatz’ Transformative Relationships. PsycCRITIQUES, 50 (19)
  • Curtis, R. C., Field, C., Knaan-Kostman, I., & Mannix, K. (2004, 1). What 75 Psychoanalysts Found Helpful and Hurtful in Their Own Analyses. Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • Curtis, R. C. (2002, 12). Termination from a Psychoanalytic Perspective. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 350–357
  • Curtis, R. C. (2002, 1). "Both/And" and But: A review of J. C. Muran's Self-Relations in the Psychotherapy Process. Contemporary Psychology
  • Curtis, R. C. (2001, 1). Can We Overuse Our Strengths? A review of J. Safran and J.C. Muran's Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance: A Relational Treatment Guide. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 37, 329–335
  • Curtis, R. C. (1999, 9). The Angry Patient. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 133–142

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