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Unorthodox Freud

The View from the Couch
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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.
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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