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Unorthodox Freud
The View from the Couch

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ISBN 9781572301283
Published December 4, 1996 by Guilford Press
241 Pages

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Book Description

Offering a fresh new look at how Freud practised psychoanalysis, this book draws upon the five existing full-length accounts of Freud's analyses written by the patients themselves. Focusing upon Freud's definition of the primary task of treatment and the division of labor between himself and his patient, the authors compare the five cases - as well as the cases of the Rat Man and the Wolf Man - both to Freud's own papers on the technique and to current ideals of mainstream analytic treatment. Their findings reveal an unexpected Freud, an active, personal, and emotionally engaged clinician quite different from the dominant image of the Freudian analyst as uninvolved, neutral interpreter of transference and resistance. Raising important questions about the nature of the primary task, the pitfalls of task displacement, and the roles of neutrality and authority, this book makes a valuable contribution to current psychoanalytical dialogue.
This book will be of interest to psychoanalysts and psychodynamic therapists, as well as students and trainees in the fields and others interested in Freud and the history of psychoanalytic technique.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Freud's Theory of Technique. Freud's Analysis of Abram Kardiner. Freud's Analysis of H.D. Freud's Analysis of Joseph Wortis. Freud's Analysis of John Dorsey. Freud's Analysis of Smiley Blanton. Freud's Treatment Structure. From Freud's Technical Suggestions to the New Orthodoxy. Conclusions.

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This volume offers both a fascinating glimpse into Freud's consulting room and a series of intriguing and insightful perspectives on contemporary practice. The book makes clear that what has come to be called 'classical' technique bears little resemblance to what Freud actually did ... The authors contribute to helping the next generation of analysts to liberate themselves from the invented orthodoxies that for many years obscured the true tenor of Freud's practice and constrained the spirit of innovation that was its essence. - Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D.

The most complete and readable account of Freud's struggle to wisen up, if not heal, a fascinating sample of the first several generations of analytic patients. The book holds our attention like a good novel ... - Charles Spezzano, Ph.D.

An impressive and illuminating addition to the burgeoning field of Freud scholarship and Freudiana ... Important reading for everyone interested in the historical evolution of psychoanalysis as theory and technique and theory of technique. - Robert S. Wallerstein, M.D.