Reluctant Treasures: The Practice of Analytic Psychotherapy / Edition 1

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This book is about the complexities of psychoanalytic practice. It aims to instruct students and practitioners in the ambiguities and contradictions that make analytic work difficult - if not infuriatingly difficult - and, at the very same time, an activity of consuming interest. Freud's position was clear. Patients present themselves to us in particular ways and, in our curiously skeptical analytic manner, we realize that they firmly reside in an inflexibly preferred psychological world. That world cunningly denies any other world. Every other reality is thereby rendered impossible and nonexistent - in other words, is repressed. In the language of Wittgenstein, the "states of affairs" that the patient announces to us are his vehemently adhered to and precious realities, and all other states of affairs are denied any existence or plausibility. Psychoanalytic theory is at great pains to deny this and to assert that every reality is both relevant and arbitrary, both understandable and refutable. With this as background, Dr. Warme spells out the oddly ambiguous technical consequences of the psychoanalytic position. Covering such issues as interpretation, transference and countertransference, and the idea of change, this book will appeal to anyone who practices analysis or analytically based psychotherapy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568212173
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 5.68 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Ironic Science 1
2 The Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Theory 15
3 The Therapeutic Contract 39
4 Regressive and Progressive Diversification 61
5 Changes in Language 81
6 The Analyst's Regressive and Progressive Participation in the Treatment 101
7 Transference and Countertransference 111
8 Interpretation 131
9 The Analyst's Paradigmatic Intervention 149
10 Abstinence and the Analytic Attitude 169
11 Yielding to the Pressure to Deviate 187
12 The Problem of Developmental Change 203
13 Preferred Metaphors of Change 229
References 249
Index 257
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