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Pfeffer, A.Z. (1963). The Meaning of the Analyst after Analysis—A Contribution to the Theory of Therapeutic Results. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 11:229-244.

(1963). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 11:229-244

The Meaning of the Analyst after Analysis—A Contribution to the Theory of Therapeutic Results

Arnold Z. Pfeffer, M.D.

IN TWO PREVIOUS reports, a method was described for the evaluation of the results of psychoanalysis (4), (5). The procedure of that method consists essentially of follow-up interviews with an analyzed patient by a second analyst several years after the termination of analysis. The interviews take place sitting up, once a week, and they have varied in number in different patients from two to seven.

The type of follow-up interviews is best termed "analytic." Initially structured around the question of results, the interviews then remain unstructured within this framework in that the patient takes the lead in introducing and elaborating on various themes relating to results. The patient spontaneously communicates in a way that is in the direction of free association and not infrequently with dreams. The follow-up analyst poses occasional clarifying questions that remain in line with the context of the material presented by the patient.

This procedure appears to elicit the necessary information for an adequate evaluation of the results of an analysis. Because of having been analyzed, patients studied in this way are able freely and meaningfully to discuss the symptoms and problems for which they first sought analysis, the symptoms and problems that emerged in the course of the analysis, as well as the current status of all of these.

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