The Ethic of Honesty: The Fundamental Rule of Psychoanalysis

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Rodopi, 2004 - 169 עמודים
Rarely do we come across a book that has the force and cogency to provoke us to reevaluate the most fundamental tenets of psychoanalysis. One of the most brilliant psychoanalytic scholars of our time, M. Guy Thompson revolutionizes our understanding of the axiomatic principles upon which psychoanalysis is based. Through a careful exegesis of Freud's texts, he persuasively shows how the fundamental rule of psychoanalysis is not merely a vehicle for free association but, more importantly, a pledge to honesty. Contextualized in the subjective lived experience each analyst faces, Thompson demonstrates how Freud's technical mandates are nothing less than ethical imperatives by which to live, authentically. This fascinating exploration into the philosophical dimensions of psychoanalysis offers a compelling contribution to the clinical application of psychoanalytic doctrine that will be of interest to psychoanalytic practitioners of all persuasions. (Jon Mills)

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The Fundamental Rule
Thinking Through Free Association
The Way of Neutrality
The Rule of Abstinence
Phenomenology of Transference
The Enigma of Countertransference
Therapeutic Ambition
The Existential Dimension to Working Through
Concluding Unscientific Postscript
About the Author
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עמוד 110 - I cannot advise my colleagues too urgently to model themselves during psycho-analytic treatment on the surgeon, who puts aside all his feelings, even his human sympathy, and concentrates his mental forces on the single aim of performing the operation as skilfully as possible.
עמוד 55 - Instead, I shall state it as a fundamental principle that the patient's need and longing should be allowed to persist in her, in order that they may serve as forces impelling her to do work and to make changes, and that we must beware of appeasing those forces by means of surrogates.
עמוד 132 - The doctor has nothing else to do than to wait and let things take their course, a course which cannot be avoided nor always hastened. If he holds fast to this conviction he will often be spared the illusion of having failed when in fact he is conducting the treatment on the right lines.
עמוד 64 - The treatment must be carried out in abstinence. By this I do not mean physical abstinence alone, nor yet the deprivation of everything the patient desires, for perhaps no sick person could tolerate this. Instead I shall state it as a fundamental principle that the patient's need and longing should be allowed to persist in her, in order that they may serve as forces impelling her to do work and to make changes...
עמוד 46 - The justification for requiring this emotional coldness in the analyst is that it creates the most advantageous conditions for both parties: for the doctor a desirable protection for his own emotional life and for the patient the largest amount of help that we can give him today.
עמוד 7 - One more thing before you start. What you tell me must differ in one respect from an ordinary conversation. Ordinarily you rightly try to keep a connecting thread running through your remarks and you exclude any intrusive ideas that may occur to you and any sideissues, so as not to wander too far from the point.
עמוד 18 - Freud writes, a number of ladies and gentlemen in good society have planned to have a picnic one day at an inn in the country. The ladies have arranged among themselves that if one of them wants to relieve a natural need she will announce that she is going to pick flowers.
עמוד 48 - It is certainly possible to forfeit this first success if from the start one takes up any standpoint other than one of sympathetic understanding...
עמוד 48 - It remains the first aim of the treatment to attach him to it and to the person of the doctor. To ensure this, nothing need be done but to give him time. If one exhibits a serious interest in him, carefully clears away the resistances that crop up at the beginning and avoids making certain mistakes, he will of himself form such an attachment and link the doctor up with one of the images of the people by whom he was accustomed to be treated with affection.

מידע על המחבר (2004)

M. Guy Thompson, Ph.D., is Founder of Free Association, Inc., in San Francisco, Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, and former President of the International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education and the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology. He is the author of The Death of Desire: A Study in Psychopathology, The Truth About Freud's Technique: The Encounter with the Real, and numerous journal articles and book reviews on phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and schizophrenia. He practices psychoanalysis in San Francisco.

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