The Psychoanalyst: Neutral or Caring?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 340. Reviews the book, The Human Dimension in Psychoanalytic Practice edited by Kenneth A. Frank (1977). The author has brought together the writings of psychoanalysts from different persuasions whose basic themes emphasize the analyst as a “real person.” This collection carries the task of portraying psychoanalysis as a “profoundly human encounter” and undoing the unrealistic image of the “aloof analysttechnician, rather than that of the caring analyst-person.” This collection of papers is a useful publication because it provides us with opportunities to disrupt our stereotypes of psychoanalysts. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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