The Interpersonal Psychotherapy of Harry Stack Sullivan: Remembering the Legacy
John H. Morgan*
History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Graduate Theological Foundation, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- John H. Morgan
Karl Mannheim Professor of the History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Graduate Theological Foundation (US)
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Mishawaka, Indiana 46544, USA
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Received date: October 20, 2014; Accepted date: November 11, 2014; Published date: November 18, 2014
Citation: Morgan JH (2014) The Interpersonal Psychotherapy of Harry Stack Sullivan: Remembering the Legacy. J Psychol Psychother 4:162. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000162
Copyright: © 2014 Morga J. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use,distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Having recently celebrated the centennial of the commencing of Harry Stack Sullivan’s distinguished medical career (M.D., 1911), it seems appropriate that both a review of his life and work be brought before a forgetful public and to draw attention to the contribution he has made to contemporary psychotherapeutic practice as the “father of modern psychiatry” as some in the field have insistently claimed. The integration of the social scientific understanding of human relationships with sound psychiatric practice elevated Sullivan’s work to a whole new school of thought in which “interpersonal” psychotherapy became the beneficiary. Social science and medicine were collapsed into a theoretical system of thought that has contributed to a much more dynamic and organic understanding of social behaviour within the matrix of personal relationships and mental illness. Such is the contribution of Harry Stack Sullivan to the social sciences, to medicine, and particularly to psychotherapy.