Reform of Psychoanalysis: Part 2

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(6), 472–474. Reviews the book, Language and Insight: The Sigmund Freud Memorial Lectures 1975-1976, University College London by Roy Schafer (see record 1979-10030-000). In this book, the author explores the broad question of what psychoanalysis is by elucidating the idea of the psychoanalytic life history; the method of free association; the concepts of self-control, self-love, and self-hatred. He also reminds us that central to psychoanalysis is the commitment to shrinking progressively the disclaimed area of one's life that is experienced as happening, and widening the domain experienced as personal activity. His discussion of these matters captures, lucidly and elegantly, the spirit of the psychoanalytic point of view. This book is excellent when dealing with clinically relevant material and with the elucidation of particular concepts and ideas. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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