Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To see papers related to the one you are viewing…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

When there are articles or videos related to the one you are viewing, you will see a related papers icon next to the title, like this: RelatedPapers32Final3For example:


Click on it and you will see a bibliographic list of papers that are related (including the current one). Related papers may be papers which are commentaries, responses to commentaries, erratum, and videos discussing the paper. Since they are not part of the original source material, they are added by PEP editorial staff, and may not be marked as such in every possible case.


For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Rosen, V.H. (1967). Disorders of Communication in Psychoanalysis. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 15:467-490.

(1967). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 15:467-490

Disorders of Communication in Psychoanalysis

Victor H. Rosen, M.D.

DESPITE THE extraordinary adaptability of human language as a means for communicating ideas, its limitations under certain conditions are as impressive as its efficacy under others. It is not surprising that misunderstanding, so often regarded as part of the human condition, should occur during psychoanalysis. Recent literary forms and preoccupations reflect this view of misunderstanding. Today, I shall concern myself not with the general philosophical problems of thought communication (33), but with certain specific difficulties in verbalizing ideas encountered during the course of analysis. I am concerned particularly with those disorders that are made manifest by the technique of free association itself.

In the analytic situation, we encourage a form of communication in which the usual conventions of meaningful dialogue are suspended. It might therefore be thought that difficulties in the communication of ideas would be elicited less frequently during free association than during more usual forms of discourse.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.