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Brenner, C. (1996). Beginning A Psychoanalytic Treatment. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 44:651-653.

(1996). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 44:651-653

Beginning A Psychoanalytic Treatment

Charles Brenner, M.D.

Reading Dr. Busch's recent article (“Beginning a Psychoanalytic Treatment: Establishing an Analytic Frame,” JAPA 42/2) prompts me to make the following remarks.

What interested me particularly is Busch's statement that the goals of psychoanalytic treatment are “increasing freedom of associations and self-analysis.” He agrees that insight into one's conflicts is important. As he says, who could argue against that? What he adds, however, is that “(w)hile many forms of treatment can offer understanding, what seems to be uniquely psychoanalytic is that a process takes place which allows for the potential for self-analysis.”

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