The Training Analyst: A Contradiction in Terms

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 929–930. Reviews the book, Psychoanalytic Education and Research: The Current Situation and Future Possibilities edited by Stanley Goodman (1977). The development of psychoanalysis from a symptomatic treatment to a method aiming to achieve a thorough reorganization of character and personality has left its mark not only on the practice of analysis but also on psychoanalytic training and the institutionalized form analysis has assumed. It is both the crown and the millstone of psychoanalysis as a profession and science. Under review is a report of a series of commissions appointed by the American Psychoanalytic Association from within its own membership to examine a number of professional issues bearing on the current status of psychoanalytic education and research. The report–despite its comprehensiveness and thoroughness–does not reach the heart of the problem, the survival of psychoanalysis as a profession and science in the face of an inherent institutional contradiction of truly Marxian proportions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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