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Azorin, L.A. (1957). The Analyst's Personal Equation. Am. J. Psychoanal., 17(1):34-38.

(1957). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 17(1):34-38

Karen Horney — On Psychoanalytic Technique

The Analyst's Personal Equation

Louis A. Azorin, M.D.

Compiled and edited from lectures on Psychoanalytic Technique given by the late Karen Horney at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis during the years 1946, 1950, 1051 and 1952. Further lectures in this series will appear in subsequent issues of the Journal.

The purposes of this topic are firstly, an evaluation of those qualities which characterize a good analyst, and secondly, a consideration of neurotic remnants in analysts and how their work is affected thereby. Mention also will be made of some of the psychological difficulties inherent in the unique relationship which exists between analyst and patient.

Desirable Qualities in a Good Analyst

1.   Every good potentiality is helpful, especially maturity, directness, discernment and objectivity.

2.   Gifts are difficult to describe, but among them would be a real interest in and for the patients, and for their practical as well as psychological problems.

3.   A most desirable quality is a prevalent striving toward self-realization, and an honest wish to help patients toward their self-realization.

4.   Important is a capacity for healthy emotional involvement with the patient.

5.   Indispensable is a searching mind with an untiring curiosity about challenging problems. An example is that of a patient who had been working quite seriously on his power drive. Apparently he had tackled its pervasiveness, consequences, etc.

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