By Anthony Bateman
The necessity for a concise, accomplished advisor to the most rules and perform of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy has turn into urgent because the psychoanalytic circulate has accelerated and diverse. An introductory textual content appropriate for quite a lot of classes, this full of life, broadly referenced account offers the middle good points of latest psychoanalytic idea and perform in an simply assimilated, yet thought-provoking demeanour. Illustrated all through with medical examples, it presents an up to date resource of reference for a much broader variety of psychological healthiness execs in addition to these education in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy or counselling.
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Kohut’s notion is not so far removed from Grunbaum’s suggestion that ‘non-specific’ factors might explain good outcomes in analysis. Following Freud’s characterisation of psychoanalysis as ‘transference plus resistance’, three main positions on the mode of action of Introduction: history and controversy 23 psychoanalysis can be identified (Steiner 1989), each of which implictly has a view about what constitutes psychological health. 1. Classical/conflict model. Here the ego has repressed ‘problematic experience’ (Stiles et al.
First, the balance between environmental or intrapsychic factors in the development of the personality; second, whether the emphasis is on causation and mechanism in approaching mental phenomena, or on understanding and meaning. Freud found himself on both sides of these conflicts. Initially he placed the emphasis more on environmental factors, especially traumatic external events like childhood seduction, and suggested they led to the formation of symptoms in adult life. In the later drive-structural model Freud saw the internal world as primary.
E. the ‘present transference’ (Sandler and Sandler 1984) and explored it with the patient. Following Rapaport (1951) and George Klein (1976), he distinguishes clinical theory from general theory. He sees a common ground of clinical theory, concerning empathy, holding, interpretation, defence, analysis of transference and resistance, all of which Introduction: history and controversy 19 are observable, testable and researchable. In contrast he sees metapsychology as reflecting the different traditions, styles and historical contexts of psychoanalysis: ‘pluralistic psychoanalytic articles of faith’, ‘metaphors we live by’, more akin to political and religious affiliations than to scientific postulates.
An Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice by Anthony Bateman