The Truth About Freud's Technique: The Encounter With the Real

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In this unusual and much-needed reappraisal of Freud's clinical technique, M. Guy Thompson challenges the conventional notion that psychoanalysis promotes relief from suffering and replaces it with a more radical assertion, that psychoanalysis seeks to mend our relationship with the real that has been fractured by our avoidance of the same. Thompson suggests that, while avoiding reality may help to relieve our experience of suffering, this short-term solution inevitably leads to...
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Overview

In this unusual and much-needed reappraisal of Freud's clinical technique, M. Guy Thompson challenges the conventional notion that psychoanalysis promotes relief from suffering and replaces it with a more radical assertion, that psychoanalysis seeks to mend our relationship with the real that has been fractured by our avoidance of the same. Thompson suggests that, while avoiding reality may help to relieve our experience of suffering, this short-term solution inevitably leads to a split in our existence.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780814782194
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Series: Psychoanalytic Crosscurrents Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Guy Thompson, Ph.D founded the Free Association in San Francisco, an analytic training scheme devoted to integrating phenomenology and psychoanalysis. He is the author of The Death of Desire: A Study in Psychopathology, also published by New York University Press. He currently practices psychoanalysis in San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
I The True and the Real in Freud 1
1 Psychical and External Reality 7
2 Realistic and Neurotic Anxiety 12
3 Realistic and Wishful Thinking 21
4 The Neurotic and the Psychotic Experience of Reality 27
5 Real Love and Transference-Love 37
II The True and the Real in Heidegger 51
6 Heidegger's Conception of Truth 57
7 Heidegger's Conception of Untruth 64
8 Truth and Science 69
9 Truth and Technology 78
10 Truth and Psychoanalysis 88
III The Truth about Dora 93
11 The Paradox of Neurosis 97
12 A Case of Secrecy 101
13 Dreams of Vengeance and Farewell 110
14 Freud's Last Word 115
15 Love and Reality 122
IV The Truth about Freud's Technique 133
16 The Employment of Dream Interpretation ("The Handling of Dream-Interpretation in Psycho-analysis," 1911) 141
17 Freud's "Recommendations to Physicians Practising Psychoanalysis" (1912) 145
18 On Beginning the Treatment (1913) 155
19 The Concept of Transference ("The Dynamics of Transference," 1912, and "Observations on Transference-Love," 1915) 175
20 Working-Through ("Remembering, Repeating, and Working-Through" 1914) 192
V The Rat Mystery 205
21 The Cruel Captain 213
22 The Rat Mystery 219
23 Guilt and Truth 224
24 "Classical" Technique - and Freud's 230
VI The End of Analysis 241
25 Psychoanalysis, Terminable - or Impossible? 247
26 The End of Analysis 264
References 275
Index 281
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