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Open Access Editorial

An interview with Irismar Reis de Oliveira, Section Editor for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Irismar Reis de Oliveira

Author Affiliations

Departamento de Neurociências e Saúde Mental, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

BMC Psychology 2013, 1:4  doi:10.1186/2050-7283-1-4

Published: 27 February 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

My decision to become a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst dates back to the early 1970s, a few years before I entered medical school at the age of 21. At that time, I had read all the books written by psychoanalysts Karen Horney and Erich Fromm. However, my interest in psychological literature had started during adolescence, when I was lucky enough to be introduced to Arthur Harry Chapman, an American psychiatrist who used to write psychotherapy books, and who decided to migrate to my hometown, Vitória da Conquista, in Brazil. Thus, just out of adolescence, I had the privilege of discussing with a renowned American scholar about my intention of enrolling in medical school and becoming a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. His work (e.g., [1,2]) relied clearly on the ideas of Harry Stack Sullivan, the founder of the interpersonal movement in psychotherapy. Also importantly, I was exposed to autogenic training–a relaxation technique developed by the German psychiatrist Johannes Schultz–as a client in the late 1960s, when I was still a teenager.