What Do Psychoanalysts Want?: The Problem of Aims in Psychoanalytic Therapy

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Psychology - 141 pages
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Defining the aims of psychoanalysis was not initially a serious complex problem. However, when Freud began to think of the aim as being one of scientific research, and added the different formulations of aim (for example, that the aim was to make the patient's unconscious conscious) it became an area of tension which affected the subsequent development of psychoanalysis and the resolution of which has profound implications for the future of psychoanalysis.

In What Do Psychoanalysts Want? the authors look at the way psychoanalysts have defined analysis both here and in America, from Freud down to the present day. From this basis they set out a theory about aims which is extremely relevant to clinical practice today, discussing the issues from the point of view of the conscious and unconscious processes in the psychoanalyst's mind.

Besides presenting a concise history of psychoanalysis, its conflicts and developments, which will be of interest to a wide audience of those interested in analysis, this book makes important points for the clinician interested in researching his or her practice.


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Freuds views on aims
The early Freudians in the 1920s
Consolidation in the prewar decade
The emigration of analysts and a period of transition
The 1950s and the wideningscope discussions
Heightening tensions
The 1970s and the flowering of pluralism
Pragmatism and integration in contemporary psychoanalysis
A framework for thinking about aims
Name index
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Joseph Sandler qualified as a psychoanalyst in the British Psychoanalytical Society. He was the Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis in the University of London and Director of the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London, and in private practice in London. He was formerly the first Sigmund Freud Professor of Psychoanalysis at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Editor of the "International Journal of Psychoanalysis" and the "International Review of Psychoanalysis", and was President of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

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