The Clinical Application of the Theory of Psychoanalysis

The Clinical Application of the Theory of Psychoanalysis

by Ahmed Fayek

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The Clinical Application of the Theory of Psychoanalysis by Ahmed Fayek

Psychoanalysis - the one that we are familiar with - started in the clinical field. Freud and Breuer made some strides in the treatment of hysteria using hypnosis. They put together a theory of psychopathology based on two basic notions: conflicts between acceptable and unacceptable impulses (ideas, desires, fantasies, etc.), and the repression of the unacceptable impulses causing the formation of symptoms. Under hypnosis, the patients were given the chance to abreact the repressed, and the therapeutic endeavour was to allow catharsis, hence the origin of the term "catharsis theory" regarding this phase of hypnosis. However, the real breakthrough in psychoanalysis came to Freud in intuitions about matters from outside the field of pathology and the clinic, and without the help of hypnosis. They came from ordinary, even banal, phenomena like dreams, slips of the tongue, and jokes. In this book, the author covers the difference between a modified theory of catharsis and a theory of psychoanalysis, as well as the importance of psychodynamic diagnosis in the practice of psychoanalysis. He suggests that clinical problems stem from discounting the indelible influence of the "catharsis theory" on our judgement about the classical doctrine. In addition, he deals with the history and origins of our present debates in regard to the classical doctrine and the contemporary schools. The book includes clinical case models.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780429920301
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/22/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 379 KB

About the Author

Ahmed Fayek started his journey in psychoanalysis in Egypt (1953–1965), under the mentorship of three French-trained analysts. He migrated to Canada in 1971, and in Montreal he went through accredited training, subsequently starting a career in clinical psychology.

Table of Contents



CHAPTER ONE — Problems of clinical practice:the myth of clinical theory
CHAPTER TWO — Fundamentals of clinical practice:Freud’s clinical propositions
CHAPTER THREE — The import of psychodiagnosis in clinical practice:identifying the core problems
CHAPTER FOUR — Fixation and repetition-compulsion:psychical predictability and unpredictability

CHAPTER FIVE — Analysis of a compulsive character:the import of diagnosis
CHAPTER SIX — Analysis of a case of psychogenic amnesia:a glimpse of the traditional cases
CHAPTER SEVEN — Analysis of an identity problem:the search for the core problem
CHAPTER EIGHT — Analysis of a case of narcissistic disorder:the absent patient

CHAPTER NINE — A theory to be rediscovered:future psychoanalysis


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