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Harry Stack Sullivan
(21 Feb 1892 - 14 Jan 1949)

American psychiatrist who developed a theory of psychiatry based on interpersonal relationships.


Science Quotes by Harry Stack Sullivan (4 quotes)


An enthusiasm about psychiatry is preposterous—it shows one just hasn’t grown up; but at the same time, for the psychiatrist to be indifferent toward his work is fatal.
— Harry Stack Sullivan
The Psychiatric Interview (1954, 1970), 10.
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If you do not feel equal to the headaches that psychiatry induces, you are in the wrong business. It is work - work the like of which I do not know.
— Harry Stack Sullivan
The Psychiatric Interview (1954, 1970), 10.
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The psychiatric interviewer is supposed to be doing three things: considering what the patient could mean by what he says; considering how he himself can best phrase what he wishes to communicate to the patient; and, at the same time, observing the general pattern of the events being communicated. In addition to that, to make notes which will be of more than evocative value, or come anywhere near being a verbatim record of what is said, in my opinion is beyond the capacity of most human beings.
— Harry Stack Sullivan
From The Psychiatric Interview (1954, 1970), 48.
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There is no fun in psychiatry. If you try to get fun out of it, you pay a considerable price for your unjustifiable optimism.
— Harry Stack Sullivan
The Psychiatric Interview (1954, 1970), 9-10.
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See also:
  • 21 Feb - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Sullivan's birth.
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  • Harry Stack Sullivan - context of quote “The headaches that psychiatry induces” - Medium image (500 x 250 px)
  • Harry Stack Sullivan - context of quote “The headaches that psychiatry induces” - Large image (800 x 400 px)
  • Harry Stack Sullivan - context of quote “Enthusiasm about psychiatry is preposterous” - Medium image (500 x 250 px)
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  • Harry Stack Sullivan - context of quote “The psychiatric interviewer” - Medium image (500 x 250 px)
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  • The Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry, by Harry Stack Sullivan. - book suggestion.

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